Private hospitals have started to suspend visits and some elective surgeries to subdue the deadly third wave of Covid-19, which is gripping the country, reported Fin24.

According to the latest data from the National Institution for Communicable Diseases (NICD) almost 120 000 South Africans currently have Covid-19. More than 9 300 people are currently admitted to hospitals, with 6 200 patients in private hospitals and 3 100 in public hospitals.

Private hospital group Netcare announced that it has established “clinical decision units” in its Gauteng emergency departments, to cope with the increase in patients.

At Life Healthcare, group chief medical officer, Mark Ferreira, said Covid-19 admissions had increased across all its facilities and many of its hospitals only conduct urgent operations on patients.

Dr Gerrit de Villiers, chief clinical officer of Mediclinic Southern Africa, said most of its hospitals only allow one visitor per non-Covid-19 patient, between 10:00 and 18:00 every day.

Nurses have been “upskilled” to provide care in the intensive care units and high-care areas.

 

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