Covid-19: Why Steve Biko hospital is below growing strain | News24


Steve Biko Hospital in Pretoria.

  • Since 20 December, the Steve Biko Tutorial Hospital has seen a pointy enhance in instances.
  • Sufferers are coming from non-public hospitals and different provinces to hunt therapy. 
  • Footage 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 enhance in Covid-19 sufferers, with some coming to the hospital from non-public hospitals and different provinces because of an absence of area.

In an announcement 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 have 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 severe strain on the ability. A few of the sufferers the hospital is receiving come from non-public services due to lack of area, whereas others are self-referred from different provinces, akin to North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo,” mentioned the division.

Final 12 months, 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 implies the 2 hospitals at the moment are one advanced.

“The advanced is presently below strain, particularly with regard to the sufferers that require specialist instant consideration and, subsequently, may be handled solely in sure hospitals, that are additionally overwhelmed,” mentioned the division.

The division additionally mentioned each non-public and public hospitals within the province labored on an ambulance diversion system.

Steve Biko, nonetheless, resolved that there could be no diversion of ambulances to different services, 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 instant care,” mentioned the division.  

Two extra tents to accommodate this enhance within the variety of sufferers are anticipated to go up on the hospital.

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