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Mpumalanga managing the Covid-19 pandemic well.

The Mpumalanga Department of Health (DoH) recently announced that despite the increase, the 33 local hospitals in Mpumalanga are coping. Earlier last week, 1147 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the province. By then, the death toll stood at 1 508 and the vaccines administered totalled 124 443.

The Mpumalanga Department of Health spokesperson, Dumisani Malamule, said that the local hospitals in the province are coping even though there is an increase in Covid-19 cases. He added that the department is on alert and it is activating facilities for case management throughout the province.

Dr Gerrit de Villiers, chief clinical officer of Mediclinic Southern Africa confirmed that Mediclinic Nelspruit is currently experiencing increasing volumes of patients with Covid-19-related conditions. De Villiers said Mediclinic remains available to receive both Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients.

“Patients are encouraged to consult with their general practitioner for initial diagnosis and support, who will refer their patients on to a hospital for further care if necessary. The hospital bed capacity remains fluid and this dynamic situation is continuously monitored and addressed. Where possible, measures are also in place to further increase our capacity through reallocation of non-Covid-19 units as well as ensuring that oxygen capacity is sufficient to support the needs for supplemental oxygen in our wards,” said de Villiers

“Where the surge is being experienced differently between our regions, we are able to move equipment such as ventilators to areas under pressure, and key resources such as oxygen availability are constantly being monitored. Human resource capacity was increased during previous waves when additional training was provided to upskill nursing staff from other units to assist in pressure areas such as ICU and high care,” he added.

The marketing manager of Kiaat Private Hospital, Candice Peterson said their hospital remains fully functional and that doctors and hospital management are monitoring the situation. She said upon patient presentation at the hospital’s emergency centre, medical professionals will assess patients and determine the need for further treatment.

Peterson said they advise Mbombela residents to take precautionary measures of wearing a mask, handwashing and social distancing. She said this will assist in reducing the spread of the virus and ensure that beds are not placed under pressure in medical facilities across Mpumalanga.

Meanwhile, Mapulaneng Hospital was listed as one of fixed vaccination sites in the Ehlanzeni District. The other two sites are Rob Ferreira Hospital and Shongwe Hospital.

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