Covid-19 South Africa
The third wave of Covid-19 has overloaded hospitals in Gauteng to the point that medical experts are effectively selecting who to rescue.
Medical personnel in Gauteng have described the anguish of having to pick who lives and who dies due to a lack of beds and oxygen in the province, which is presently the epicenter of the country’s epidemic.
Due to a scarcity of ICU beds, a doctor at a private hospital who requested anonymity informed GreenWorld that the institution had to take a daily detour for the last three weeks, turning people away.
To emphasize the severity of the third wave of illnesses, the doctor noted that one to three people died in ICU per month prior to the pandemic.
On Tuesday night, Covid-19 took the lives of seven people.
He said, “There just aren’t enough resources to care for everyone,” alluding to the hospital’s congestion.
“People are lining up outside, while ambulances wait to transport the sick to hospitals.”
He claimed that the situation had gotten so bad that doctors had to choose which patients could be saved and which couldn’t.
“Because we are unable to aid everyone, we are aiming to assist survivors rather than every sick person.”
The doctor pleaded for people to stay at home, saying:
No Covid-19 Beds Available in Gauteng.
A Gauteng paramedic who did not want to be identified backed up the physicians’ remarks on hospital waiting times and bed availability.
“We regularly spend four to five hours in the ambulance with the patient before a bed at the hospital becomes available,” he added.
Hospitals have also rerouted ambulances owing to a lack of capacity to transfer patients, he continued.
In comparison to the first and second waves of infections, the paramedic said they were getting a lot more calls for Covid-19 patients right now.
We haven’t been this busy in the last two rounds, and we’re now working on a large number of Covid-19 cases.”
Patients in the first two rounds were also significantly more stable, according to him.
The people they were bringing up today, he claimed, were more sicker and had lower oxygen levels.
Bayanda Gumede, the head nephrology technologist at a renal clinic west of Johannesburg, verified this, adding that facilities lacked oxygen.
“Patients come to the hospital and quickly deteriorate; as a result of a lack of resources, we are losing folks.”
Beds, ventilators, and oxygen are in short supply.
Patients admitted to hospitals swiftly deteriorate, which we did not see in the previous two rounds.
I have a close relationship with hospitals, and they expect me to be able to refer them, but the system is now overwhelmed.
We waited four hours for an ambulance the other day, and when the paramedics arrived, they informed us that all of the hospitals were full and that patients were being redirected.
“We must now decide who to assist, We attempt to assist individuals who are struggling to breathe.
When patients arrive at hospitals, they are not even admitted to high-level care.
That’s how awful things have become.”
He expressed concern about the large number of persons who showed there ill.
“We assumed that the second wave had infected a large number of people and that communal immunity had developed.
We were mistaken, the number of persons who are unwell is alarming.”
The third wave, according to a Gauteng ICU nurse, was unlike anything she had ever seen before.
“This wave is even worse than the first and second.
We’re seeing younger people die who have no underlying medical problems – and many of them are physically healthy.
“This wave feels worse than the first and second waves, I have a feeling you won’t make it if you’re put on a ventilator now.
You won’t be walking out of the hospital if you’re on a ventilator right now.
“We’re all nervous and concerned, We have no idea where we’re heading or when it’ll all come to an end.
We aim to assist as many individuals as possible “she stated
A nurse and spokesman for the Young Nurses Indaba, Rich Sicina, said: “Nurses are exhausted and overworked.
The system is about to implode.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the government has done little to enhance healthcare.
They’ll tell you about the extra nurses they brought on board.
However, those nurses made little difference because we were already short-staffed.
Even before the epidemic, we needed them.”
President Ramaphosa to address the National tonight.