Covid-19: Why Steve Biko hospital is below growing strain
Steve Biko Hospital in Pretoria.
- Since 20 December, the Steve Biko Tutorial Hospital has seen a pointy improve in instances.
- Sufferers are coming from personal hospitals and different provinces to hunt remedy.
- Photos shared on social media confirmed sufferers being handled in tents in a roofed construction on the hospital’s Emergency Unit entrance.
The Steve Biko Tutorial Hospital, in Pretoria, has seen a pointy improve in Covid-19 sufferers, with some coming to the hospital from personal hospitals and different provinces as a consequence of an absence of house.
In a press release on Sunday, the Gauteng well being division mentioned the hospital, which is a specialist facility, was below nice strain.
The division launched the assertion following a sequence of images, shared on social media, which confirmed sufferers had been being handled in tents in a roofed construction on the hospital’s Emergency Unit entrance.
“The elevated variety of sufferers are sicker and require important care, with some arriving in teams and placing critical strain on the power. A few of the sufferers the hospital is receiving come from personal amenities due to lack of house, whereas others are self-referred from different provinces, equivalent to North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo,” mentioned the division.
Final yr, in an effort to extend beds, the division transformed the Tshwane District Hospital (TDH) right into a strictly Covid-19 treating facility, in partnership with Steve Biko, which suggests the 2 hospitals at the moment are one advanced.
“The advanced is presently below strain, particularly with regard to the sufferers that require specialist fast consideration and, subsequently, will be handled solely in sure hospitals, that are additionally overwhelmed,” mentioned the division.
The division additionally mentioned each personal and public hospitals within the province labored on an ambulance diversion system.
Steve Biko, nevertheless, resolved that there could be no diversion of ambulances to different amenities, and no turning away of any sufferers, so long as there are beds.
“With non Covid-19 sufferers, that service will get utilised, however for Covid-19 sufferers all hospitals are inundated. Covid-19 sufferers require fast care,” mentioned the division.
Two further tents to accommodate this improve within the variety of sufferers are anticipated to go up on the hospital.