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healthcareSunday Tribune reports that nurses and doctors have halted operations at Rietvlei Hospital, in Umzimkhulu in southern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), demanding that the facility be sanitised after patients and nurses tested positive for Covid-19 last week.  

According to one worker, a patient who was admitted on 16 June tested positive and subsequently passed away.  The worker feared that the district hospital with over 200 patients could spread the infection in the rural area of Umzimkhulu if proactive measures were ignored.  He added that two nurses who attended to the patient also tested positive, but the ward in which the patient was treated had not been disinfected.  He claimed management refused to close the wards and disinfect the affected hospital as per the instruction from the health department.  A medical practitioner also complained about the fear brought on by the incidents, saying that it appeared from tracing that the nurses had made contact with many staff and patients.  “This has caused health workers to panic and we have decided to halt the operation of the hospital.  Until all our grievances are attended to, only emergency wards will operate because we do not feel safe.  We have had several meetings with the hospital management but they still refuse to take our advice,” he stated.

  • Read the full original of the detailed report in the above regard by Siboniso Mngadi at Sunday Tribune


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