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Steve Biko Academic Hospital bursting at the seams as Covid- 19 surges

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11 January 2021

Staff Reporter/PretoriaLIVE

PRETORIA – The Gauteng Department of Health (GDoh) is struggling with number of patients who are coming for medical assistance at Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

The facility noted a sharp increase in the number of Covid -19 patients since December 2020. The increased number of  patients are sicker and require critical care, with some arriving in groups and putting serious pressure on the facility.

Spokesperson MEC for Health Kwara Kekana said, “ Some  of the patients the hospital is receiving are coming from private facilities because of lack of space, while others are self referred from other provinces such as Northwest, Mpumalanga and Limpopo”.

Kekana went on to say that early that Gauteng Department converted Tshwane district hospital (TDH) into a strictly Covid -19 treating facility in partnership with SBAH transforming the hospitals into complex.

“These efforts were done in order to increase Covid -19 designated beds within the complex. The complex is currently under pressure especially with regards to the patients that require specialist immediate attention and therefore can be treated in only certain hospitals, that are also overwhelmed”

In order to accommodate more patients, “The facility is putting up two additional tents to accommodate this increase in the number of patients coming to the facility. This is one of interventions by the complex to treat the rising number of Covid -19 patients.” Kekana said.

Meanwhile, Gauteng Premier David Makhura together with MEC for Health Dr Nomathemba  Mokgethi on Monday visited Steve Biko Academic Hospital to assess the state of affairs at the facility following the sharp increase of Covid- 19 cases.

Makhura noted that, “ Steve Biko has surpassed the peak of patients from  where it was during the first outbreak in 2020 therefore the  Government is working closely with law enforcements agencies and health personnel to make sure people adhere to Covid – 19 principles.” Makhura said.

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