‘People are scared of Covid-19. And this has caused major disruptions to healthcare’

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Covid-19 has caused a major disruption in healthcare especially as many people are not seeking care due to Covid-19 fears. Picture: Rosetta Msimango/Spotlight
Covid-19 has caused a major disruption in healthcare especially as many people are not seeking care due to Covid-19 fears. Picture: Rosetta Msimango/Spotlight

60-year-old Anthony Duckworth used to visit Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital monthly to pick up chronic medication for a prostate condition.

Since the middle of April Duckworth has avoided the hospital, and missed out on his chronic medication, because he is scared of catching Covid-19 in the busy health facility.

“The last time I was at the hospital I had this uneasy feeling walking around seeing patients and healthcare workers masked, some nurses in hazmat suits – helmets down – moving boxes of hazardous waste with skull-and-cross bone warning signage boldly displayed,” said Duckworth.

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