Oct 18, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Covid-19 third wave: WC now prepared for surge in hospitalisation

The “Western Cape has prepared its health platform for a surge of hospitalisations, but we need your help to flatten the curve” during the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This was the word from Premier Alan Winde during his weekly media briefing on Thursday during which he provided a breakdown of the number of beds the province has available for Covid-19 patients during the third wave of the pandemic.

Winde said the government was closely monitoring the usage of beds across the province through a centrally coordinated and professional operation, known as the Bed Bureau Management System.

He said the province had provisioned 636 intermediate COVID-19 care beds, which were broken down as follows:

  • 336 beds at the Brackengate Hospital of Hope, which was opened towards the end of the first wave (21 July 2020), and kept open for a second wave.
  • 200 beds at the Mitchells Plain Hospital of Hope which can be activated at any given time.
  • 40 beds at Ward 99 in Lentegeur Hospital. This was opened after the peak of the first wave and had very low occupancy. It was retained in preparation for a second wave.
  • 60 beds at the Sonstraal Hospital, which was prepared and opened after the first wave peak. These beds were retained in preparation for a second wave.

“In the Western Cape, the total general bed use rate is at 86%, the total COVID-19 bed use rate is at 24%, and the total designated COVID-19 critical care bed use rate is at 40%,” Winde said.

Insofar as our drainage areas are concerned:

  • The Metro has 5041 beds, of which the general bed use rate is 95%, the COVID-19 bed use rate is 22%;
  • The George drainage area has 918 beds, of which the general bed use rate is 64%, the COVID-19 bed use rate is 21%;
  • The Paarl drainage area has 938 beds, of which the general bed use rate is 78%; the COVID-19 bed use rate is 43%;and
  • The Worcester drainage area has 769 beds, of which the general bed use rate is 69%, the COVID-19 bed use rate is 25%.

“We ask that you help us flatten the curve so that we continue to have enough beds for every person who needs them,” Winde said.