COVID-19 IN SA: LIMPOPO HOSPITALS UNDER PRESSURE

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JOHANNESBURG – The Delta variant is sweeping through Limpopo province and there are fears numbers will continue to rise.

Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba is urging people to be extra cautious after the province saw an increase in numbers in low age categories.

The pressure on hospitals in Gauteng is spilling over into Limpopo as Gauteng residents are flocking to the province to get medical care.

Ramathuba said patients will need to accept a bed in any facility that can accommodate them, whether private or public.

“Our two big private facilities in Polokwane were overwhelmed. The reason is that when pressure started to mount, we saw relatives leaving Gauteng bringing their loved ones to Polokwane for healthcare,” Ramathuba said.

“There is still a belief that private facilities provide better health care. That, unfortunately, puts a lot of pressure to our private facilities.”

 

Article written by: ENCA

Photo credit: The Conversation

Link: https://www.enca.com/news/limpopo-health-mec-warns-province-about-delta-variant

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