WESTERN CAPE NEWS - The Western Cape Government are currently in the process of recruiting over 1300 healthcare workers and have, in addition, also put in a request to the military for medical staff to be made available.
“The resurgence of Covid-19 in the province has resulted in higher active case numbers hospitalisations and daily deaths than we experienced at the peak of the first wave,” said Winde in a statement this afternoon.
The Western Cape currently have over 3 100 people hospitalized in both the private and public sector in the province, 353 of which are in ICU.
Covid-19 and PUI (people under investigation for the virus) cases currently make up 40% of available acute general hospital capacity in both the metro and rural regions of the province.
“The Western Cape Government, and our healthcare teams have worked hard to put in place a number of measures, including the provision of additional beds and the recruitment of additional staff in order to respond to the need,” said Winde.
Read the latest update on Covid-19 cases and the rest of Winde’s statement below:
As of 13:00 on 30 December, the Western Cape has 36 805 active Covid-19 infections with a total of 202 712 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 159 240 recoveries.
The Western Cape has recorded 155 additional deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 6667. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.
Garden Route District:
- Bitou - 2255 cases, 1904 recoveries
- George - 9970 cases, 8610 recoveries
- Hessequa - 1118 cases, 882 recoveries
- Kannaland - 470 cases, 338 recoveries
- Knysna - 4167 cases, 3622 recoveries
- Mossel Bay - 5887 cases, 5028 recoveries
- Oudtshoorn - 3011 cases, 2405 recoveries
We are currently in the process of recruiting over 1300 healthcare workers - with 44% of these coming from extensions of existing short-term contracts. The remaining 56% will be recruited and appointed.
We have received over 500 applications as part of this recruitment drive and a dedicated team have been working throughout this festive period, contacting applicants to determine their availability and channelling information to the appropriate regions and districts for immediate placement.
We have also secured 103 staff members to staff the additional beds and wards at Lentegeur hospital. Among the 103 are 20 nurses, 35 nursing assistants, 17 enrolled nurses, a physiotherapist, pharmacists and assistants, ward clerks, 13 medical officers, 8 porters and two medical specialists. Many of them have already undergone orientation, and orientation for certain categories of staff will continue throughout this week.
We have also put in a request to the Military for medical staff to be made available.
Those wishing to register for the recruitment drive, can find more information here.
The province will soon have added 744 beds into the system in order to manage Covid-19, with the ability to add an additional 136 beds should they be required, and the requisite healthcare workers be available.
This means we are scaling up to a capacity of 880 beds – more than the CTICC field hospital capacity in the first wave.
The breakdown is as follows:
- 336 beds at the Hospital of Hope (Brackengate)
- 60 beds at the Freesia Ward in Mitchell’s Plan
- 30 beds at Ward 99 in Mitchell’s Plain
- 187 beds at the Aquarius Ward in Mitchell’s Plain
- 59 beds at the Sonstraal Hospital in Drakenstein
- 72 beds in Vredendal, Hermanus and George
We have also seen an increased need for psychiatric care and support and in response, will bring 100 more beds online in our psychiatric facilities for this purpose which will further assist in decongesting our acute hospital platform. 60 of these are already open, with the remaining 40 to open in January.
We have also put in place measures which will increase efficiency and ensure the quick turn-around of available beds. These include:
- Tents have been erected at Khayelitsha and Wesfleur where admissions and discharges will be managed. Similar tents will be erected at the Hospital of Hope at Brackengate, Mitchell’s Plain, Helderberg, Eerste River and Karl Bremmer.
- EMS and the Department of Transport and Public Works taxi service have implemented a streamlined transport system to assist with inter-facility transfers and rapid discharges in order to optimize capacity.
- Our data team has developed a dashboard where we can track available hospital bed capacity daily, which will be linked to available staffing and oxygen capacity in order to give us a full and detailed picture of our response.
How you can assist:
We are experiencing significant pressure in our healthcare system and our healthcare workers are overwhelmed and tired. You can assist by:
- Only visiting an emergency centre for emergencies and life-threatening conditions. If you need non-urgent medical treatment, please visit your local clinic.
- Trauma cases escalate at this time of year and New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year in our emergency centres. Level 3 restrictions are in place which ban alcohol, events and gatherings, and there is a curfew in place which are aimed at reducing the pressure on our hospitals. I urge residents to abide by these restrictions and to be safe.
- Reduce your risk of contracting Covid-19 by wearing your mask, washing your hands, practicing social distancing, avoiding crowds, confined spaces and close contact. Remember that good ventilation and outdoor spaces are safer.
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