The MEC for Health, Jacob Mamabolo has called on the people of Gauteng to act responsibly during Lockdown Level 2 that has seen the lifting of the alcohol ban.
Commenting on the Department of Health’s statistics for admission for emergency cases during April, May and June 2020, which were compared with the same period last year, Mamabolo said; “ the correlation between alcohol consumption and the number of emergency cases presenting at public hospitals is undeniable. This puts pressure on the health facility.”
Mamabolo said the admissions for emergency cases decreased during April, May and July this year, compared to last year and can be attributed to the lockdown and the ban on alcohol.
“The direct effect of trauma cases is that a bed that could have been used for other services including Covid-19 are now taken up by alcohol related cases.”
Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital had 2797 emergency cases in April -May 2020 compared to 5163 cases in 2019.
Tembisa Tertiary Hospital had 5540 cases for April – May 2020 compared to 8803 cases in 2019.
Below is the breakdown of the statistics: