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healthcareCity Press reports that according to doctors and healthcare workers employed in the Eastern Cape, the province’s public healthcare system has collapsed.  

A distraught doctor commented:  “We are sitting with a situation where patients are lying in the corridors of hospitals like Livingstone in Port Elizabeth and are dying, and there may soon be a similar situation Dora Nginza in Zwide … It is literally a ‘survival of the fittest’ situation.  It is awful.”  Another doctor claimed the maternity unit of Dora Nginza hospital was close to collapse.  The doctors asserted that nothing had come of promises made by the Eastern Cape department of health, which weeks ago pledged to appoint more personnel.  The same apparently went for its promise to avail staff of additional personal protective equipment.  There are only two state ambulances currently servicing the whole of Port Elizabeth and there is allegedly a major shortage of basic medical necessities.  One of the greatest challenges is apparently the large number of healthcare workers who have had to go into quarantine in case they test positive for Covid-19.  This situation comes amid warnings from experts that the number of Covid-19 cases in the Eastern Cape could double within the next 10 days.  However, the province is currently in the process of finalising a service level contract to work in conjunction with Netcare, as has already been done in the Western Cape and Gauteng, which would help.  A spokesperson for the Eastern Cape health department said he was “unaware” of the problems in hospitals, and that nobody had spoken to him about the matter.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Suzanne Venter at City Press

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