According to the Gauteng Department of Health, six pharmacists at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital have contracted Covid-19.
Late last week a pharmacy intern tested positive and other staff members were urged to be tested. The results received showed pharmacists and assistant pharmacists also tested positive.
According to the sources at the hospital, there are at least 50 more staff members who are still waiting for their results.
Sources in the hospital are concerned that not enough precautions are taken to protect the pharmacists.
According to the source, pharmacists at the inpatient department receive prescriptions directly from the Covid-19 ward.
The pharmacists at Charlotte Maxeke spoke to the managers regarding PPE ( personal protective equipment) since the virus broke out.
They suggested electronic scripts but the managers were not supportive of this.
Shopping centres are closing if there are one or two reported cases of the virus, but there was no indication of closing Charlotte Maxeke even with the reported six new Covid-19 cases of their own staff members.
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