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nursing thumb medium90 93EWN reports on an urgent plea on Tuesday morning for more resources at the Helen Joseph Hospital where nurses are battling to cope with the influx of patients who are unable to access treatment at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital facility.

Last week, Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Tasneem Motara revealed that it could take up to two years before the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital was fully reopened after a fire damaged parts of the building in April. "This problem of Charlotte Maxeke has brought a lot of strain in the nursing site - yes we have too many patients and yes COVID-19 is contributing," said a nurse who worked at the Helen Joseph Hospital. She indicated that they had been begging those in power for more staff and resources and added: "The last time, the management was just saying that they really needed to hire more staff but they don't have the budget but they are aware of the shortage and they are promising to work on it." Last week, the Gauteng Health Department's Sibongile Zungu admitted that the crisis at the Helen Joseph Hospital had reached a crisis point due to the pressure placed on the facility as a result of Charlotte Maxeke Hospital's closure. "Almost every night we have to move patients around from Helen Joseph to other facilities and it does become difficult for nurses," Zungo said. Last month, a patient died while waiting in a wheelchair for medical care at the Helen Joseph Hospital. Her mother found her lifeless body in the queue more than 24 hours later, in the same spot.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mia Lindeque at EWN

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