Nehawu: Gauteng hospitals under siege

Nehawu: Gauteng hospitals under siege

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) in Gauteng has pleaded with the provincial government to provide additional resources to hospitals in the province.


The union has warned that hospitals do not have the capacity to deal with the influx of Covid-19 patients.


Gauteng is bracing itself for a spike in Covid-19 infections as residents return from their various holiday destinations.


The union’s provincial co-ordinator Clement Marule says most of Gauteng’s biggest hospitals are becoming overwhelmed.


“Public servants, particularly frontline workers, are really under siege and going through distress trying to cope with the rapid second wave that is catching up with us now.


“Most of our strategic hospitals in the province are overwhelmed by cases of Covid-19. We have taken a snap analysis of Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Tambo Memorial, Thelle Mogoerane, George Mokhari, Sebokeng hospital, and Leratong hospital.

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“The state of those strategic hospitals, they are so dire now because most of the workers, or frontline workers, have tested positive.  


“There are growing numbers of positive cases of those particular frontline workers and hospital workers in general. That is why we are saying they are under distress and under siege, as we are expecting more people coming back from holidays outside Gauteng.”



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