Staff at Mediclinic Cape Town recently discharged the last of their Covid-19 patients following the second wave of the pandemic.
On Friday 19 February, staff at the hospital based in Oranjezicht, had reason to celebrate when they had no Covid-19 patients in their care.
Michelle Africa, hospital general manager of Mediclinic Cape Town, says: “Mediclinic recognises that this pandemic is a journey and not a short race, but the hospital team regard the discharge of our last Covid-19 patient as an inspiring moment in our journey.”
Africa says this is a remarkable achievement and recognition for the hard work and dedication of the team of doctors, staff and supporting allied healthcare workers who have remained committed throughout the pandemic.
She says at the peak of the second wave, which hit Cape Town during November through to January, they admitted 30 Covid-19 patients on average per day.
The deadly virus has claimed 49 053 people countrywide.
Africa continues: “We recognise that our community has played an enormous role in supporting us
and this was evidenced by letters, meals and other items dropped off for our staff. This had a tremendous impact on the staff, who have in recent weeks worked long hours to support the patients within our facility.”
Dr Gerrit de Villiers, chief clinical officer at Mediclinic Southern Africa, says: “We are pleased to confirm that we have resumed elective surgery and our non-Covid-19 units allow access to visitors between 11:00 and 17:00, daily. The hospital maintains strict screening and continues to offer both Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 treatment areas within the facility to minimise risk for all stakeholders.”
De Villiers says while the second wave has passed, the community is urged to continue to adhere to the precautions around reducing risk. “This includes mask-wearing, social distancing as well as regular hand hygiene. We also encourage the community to avoid unnecessary social gatherings as the virus remains present in our community.”
He says they welcome the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out and the impact it will have on the nation. “We expect those staff members choosing to have the vaccine, to start receiving them within the coming days and weeks. We believe that the vaccine offers a level of protection for not only our staff, but their family members and the community as a whole. The choice to receive the vaccine remains with each staff member.”
By Sunday 21 February, health minister Zweli Mkhize said more than 15 000 healthcare workers had been vaccinated countrywide since the 80 000 Johnson & Johnson doses arrived in the country last week.
The vaccination focussed on healthcare workers form part of phase one of South Africa’s three-phase vaccine roll-out strategy.