Covid-19 crisis in Gauteng is likely to worsen rapidly


The crisis in Gauteng regarding a shortage of “beds” to care for Covid-19 cases, is unnecessary and an unfortunate manifestation of inadequate planning to mitigate the consequences of the resurgence – Shabir Madhi & Jonny Myers in Daily Maverick (21 June 2021).

Despite delays in the completion of Covid-19 treatment facilities, the majority have now been handed over to GDoH.  This includes a 500-bed facility next to Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (CHBAH); a 183-bed facility in Carletonville, 300 beds at George Mukhari hospital, 300 at Jubilee Mall (Hammanskraal); and 150 in Bronkhorstspruit.
Currently, the greatest pressure on available “beds” for Covid-19 cases is in the City of Johannesburg —largely driven by the closure of Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic hospital.
Despite the ABT facility at the Chris Hani Hospital being fully equipped with state-of-art equipment, only 100 of the 500 beds are commissioned for use and it is only being used to admit patients deemed to be clinically stable and recovering from Covid-19, despite being designed and equipped to provide high-level and intensive care.

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