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medicaldoctorSowetanLive reports on the words of a medical practitioner who works at a public hospital where tests are done to detect Covid-19 and who said:  “I don’t feel safe as a doctor. The practice we are working from is [near] OR Tambo [International Airport] and a lot of the patients we see on a daily basis work at the airport.”  

She went on to comment:  “The exposure is heightened in this facility. There are poor measures of hygiene and control. Besides the security guard at the entrance of the hospital who is spraying hands as they walk in and out, within the practice itself we have a sanitiser in the passage, but not one for the patients in the sitting area.”  Another doctor also commented:  “We do not feel safe as doctors. Naturally, one would be concerned about the risk we expose ourselves to on a daily basis and the potential risk of also exposing our beloved families and our patients should we, God forbid, contract the virus. But we took an oath to put our patients as priority, so in such circumstances the best we can do is exercise all the necessary precautions to stay safe.”  A third doctor, who works at a private practice in a Joburg township, said while colleagues were not feeling safe, they were taking extra precautions and measures to deal with the pandemic.  He added that one of the challenges he encountered working in a township was seeing walk-in patients whose symptoms he couldn’t check before the consultation.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nomahlubi Jordaan at SowertanLive

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