South Africa: Gauteng SOS - We Are Overwhelmed With Calls for Oxygen - Gift of the Givers

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The Gift of the Givers outlines what is necessary to get Gauteng through the third wave of Covid-19 infections which are ripping through the population at an unprecedented rate.

Imtiaz Sooliman is the founder of Gift of the Givers

Gauteng is in great difficulty.

This is evident from the calls to us of desperation from medical professionals, families and patients. The overwhelming request is for oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders and oxygen, or bed availability at hospitals.

Both private and public hospitals are filled to capacity.

Beds are very difficult to come by. Patients travel from hospital to hospital to try to find an emergency department that is not busy. Once there, patients wait for hours before they can get access to a bed. The lucky ones get admitted, but the rest are sent home.

What is the problem?

In a nutshell, it is staff shortages that have not been addressed during both waves. Given the huge effect of the third wave, healthcare workers are going to get burnt out very rapidly. In addition, there are water challenges at some hospitals.

Because of the situation at hospitals, general practitioners, physicians and allied health professionals are intensifying home-based care, providing a service...

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