Government hospitals are easing the burden of private hospitals that do not have space for new patients. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize revealed the situation at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg. He said they were trying to understand why private hospitals were overburdened with Covid-19 patients.
“We have been uncertain of what this movement means. At this point, we have patients referred from private to public hospitals, unlike before. This trend started in the Eastern Cape, and we realised we need to collaborate with the private hospitals. We can’t allow people to fall into cracks simply because private hospitals can’t accommodate them. People must be treated anywhere” Mkhize said. He also said: “We have introduced rapid antigen tests to determine within 15 minutes whether a person is [Covid-19] positive or not. Those who are positive can move on quickly while we are waiting to retest those who are negative”
Mkhize also said that the numbers have started to receding and that is due to the people following the prevention protocols.
“We believe in the effective use of masks, sanitisers and social distancing. We urge people to do what they have been doing well.”