Government warned that hospitals weren’t ready for second wave

Health experts have criticised the government’s response to the second wave of Covid-19 in South Africa, saying that officials were warned about the poor state of hospitals in the country, but ended up not doing enough to improve the situation.

Health experts at the Progressive Health Forum told Sunday Times (3 January 2021) a recent audit of 160 hospitals showed that most of the hospitals needed their oxygen supply systems to be upgraded urgently The only province that has responded to calls for improvements since September/October was the Western Cape, where the local government performed its own audits and used its own channels to make the upgrades, it said.
According to the South African Medical Association (SAMA) SA is not as well-prepared as it was for the first wave, and government did not do enough to replace hospital workers who died due to COVID-19.

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