Covid-19: Electronic bed management dashboard launched to help Gauteng as infections surge

  • An electronic hospital bed management dashboard has been implemented in Gauteng.
  • The province faces rising Covid-19 numbers due to the third wave.
  • The health department is receiving assistance from the SANDF.

An electronic hospital bed management dashboard and additional defence force staff have been deployed to help fight rising numbers of Covid-19 infections in Gauteng.

The province continues to bear the brunt of the third wave, with 66% of the 13 155 new cases as of Sunday reported in Gauteng. This translates to an increase of 8 640 cases as of Sunday.

On Wednesday, the province surpassed the highest recorded daily number of infections, in both the first and second waves, when 7 859 new infections were recorded.

Gauteng Health MEC Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi said on Sunday that the department was "operating under increased load", but was "still able to cope with the pressure at this stage".

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) medical personnel are being deployed to boost capacity in the province, and additional personnel are being appointed to add to the 5521 Covid-19 posts filled as of 1 June, she said.

"Our system might be under pressure, but we still have the will and enough capacity to cope with the demand. We are adding more healthcare personnel to make sure more available beds are fully functional,” said Mokgethi.

The department has rolled out a live electronic dashboard to manage the use of hospital beds.

"We have dedicated Covid-19 functional beds across the province, supported by a live electronic Covid-19 Bed Management Dashboard which we use to monitor the utilization of beds across the province," the MEC said.

"In addition to the newly built infrastructure in areas such Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Jubilee Hospital and Bronkhorstspruit Hospital and the repurposed Tshwane District Hospital as an example, wards and beds in other facilities are always repurposed based on the demands of the pandemic at any given the time."

Meanwhile, Gauteng have increased vaccination sites by eight, bringing the total to 137 (89 public and 48 private). Operating hours have also been increased at some sites, and Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital vaccination site is the first one in the province to open seven days a week.

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