MMC for Health in the City of Tshwane Sakkie Du Plooy said an alarming increase in the number of Covid-19 cases is a serious concern. Earlier this week Gauteng Premier David Makhura said Tshwane metro has been identified as the first key driver behind the provincial Covid-19 second wave.
There were 15 931 active Covid-19 cases in Tshwane on 11 January 2021. On 5 January 2021 there were only 11 009 cases, this means that there was an increase of 4 922 active cases in the past week.
Du Plooy Said many of the new cases require hospital care. “Many of the new cases need hospitalisation, and the availability of beds is limited,”said Du Plooy. He said provincial and private hospitals are implementing measures to handle the need for beds as efficiently as possible.
According to Du Plooy it is not only hospitals that are facing pressure but laboratories have also started feeling pressure. “Laboratories and clinics are experiencing a surge in clients who come for testing and this is causing pressure on our laboratory facilities,” said Du Plooy. He said the City of Tshwane has made Rooihuiskraal Historical Terrain available to a laboratory to assist with traffic problems experienced dueto the surge in clients.
Du Plooy said the metro is working hard to find other ways to help with the surge in cases. “The City of Tshwane is currently negotiating with Doctors Without Borders to assist with a third mobile team to be deployed for screening and testing at hotspots,” he said.
He said the city is proving free screening and testing to the City of Tshwane residents. “The City of Tshwane is providing free screening and testing at its 24 clinics in order to provide testing services for those who are unable to pay for it,” said Du Plooy.
Du Plooy said while availability of beds has become a challenge, he wants to advice Tshwane residents to continue adhering to Covid-19 protocols.