DURBAN – KwaZulu-Natal welcomed 28 Cuban doctors, deployed to the province to help COVID-19.
The doctors will be deployed mainly to high-risk areas.
Their arrival comes amid several cluster outbreaks in the province.
The latest being at the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, where staff and patients have tested positive for COVID-19.
KZN Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, says she’s confident in their abilities.
“The doctors that we have, fortunately, we have enough to cover the whole province,” said Simelane-Zulu.
“So, we have decided that in every district. There is going to be a family physician that’s going to be stationed in a particular district.”
Unions say their expertise must also be utilised to improve infection control at some hospitals.
Several hospitals have had recent COVID-19 outbreaks among staff, causing them to temporarily shut down.
The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Phoenix is the latest healthcare facility to be affected.
Ayanda Zulu of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union says unions have met with the management of the hospital.
“Mahatma Gandhi, we had a meeting yesterday. Management confirmed that a total of six nurses are positive and about four patients are positive,” Zulu said.
On Wednesday, the findings of a report into an investigation at Netcare’s St Augustine’s Hospital revealed that infection of just one patient led to at least 135 internal infections.
Simelane-Zulu says she’s awaiting guidance from Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on the way forward, based on the findings.
“As you might have seen it, it’s not very different from our analysis and our assumptions we made two weeks ago. But we will wait for that particular guidance from the Minister because it was an investigation instituted at that level,” Simelane-Zulu said.
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