Gauteng hospitals at 91% occupancy rates

  • Gauteng has reached 91% Covid-19 mattress occupancy.
  • The province solely has an additional 185 beds from the projected 9 500 wanted for the third wave.
  • A complete of 68% of all of the individuals admitted on the Chris Hani Baragwanath Tutorial Hospital are Covid-19 sufferers. 

With the Covid-19 third wave battering Gauteng, hospitals within the province are filling up shortly with a 91% occupancy charge.  

On Friday, Dr Ntsakisi Maluleke, public well being specialist, mentioned present hospitalisation charges within the province for each private and non-private hospital Covid-19 beds had been at 91%.  

Maluleke mentioned the seven-day rolling common for hospitalisations within the province is 631 – larger than throughout the peak within the second wave of infections. 

Hospitalisation statistics from 1 July present that there are 7 515 Covid-19 sufferers in Gauteng hospitals. There are 2 410 within the public sector and 5 150 within the personal sector. A complete of 1 774 sufferers are within the Intensive Care Unit.  

“Occupancy charges in each personal and public sector is at 91%,” Maluleke mentioned. She mentioned 68% of all sufferers on the Chris Hani Baragwanath Tutorial Hospital are Covid-19 sufferers. 

The third wave of infections was anticipated to be longer however much less extreme than the primary two waves. The circulation of the Delta variant meant that Gauteng had to return to the drafting board and make new projections concerning the variety of beds required. 

Worst-case state of affairs

Within the first modelling, the Gauteng premier’s advisory committee had mentioned the province would wish 8 000 within the worst-case state of affairs. Revised modelling reveals that the province would wish 9 500 beds in each private and non-private healthcare services. 

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Maluleke mentioned the province had sufficient capability. The general public sector has 4 050 beds, and the personal sector has 5 635. Of those, 3886 are for basic wards, and 1 749 are in personal healthcare. This implies the province solely has 185 extra beds than the projected want of 9500. Maluleke mentioned if there have been no enhance in mattress capability from the second wave, occupancy charges would now be 135%. 

For the second wave, Gauteng had 4 150 beds within the personal sector and three 260 beds within the public sector. 

The general public sector has added further beds at Chris Hani Baragwanath Tutorial Hospital, Jubilee District Hospital, George Mukhari Tutorial Hospital, Bronkhorstspruit Hospital and the Anglo-Gold Ashanti Hospital. 

Government hospitals are taking strain amid the th

Authorities hospitals in Gauteng are taking pressure amid the third wave whereas the AngloGold Ashanti Hospital stays unutilised. Photograph: Gauteng Authorities/Twitter

Malueke mentioned:

We now have a mattress administration board that we use to see which facility has the very best variety of admissions and the place the pressures are in order that we reply accordingly.


A rise in mattress capability additionally means extra personnel needs to be employed to workers them.  

Maluleke mentioned: “For this present wave, we’ve got added 5 541 well being personnel. The personnel has been recruited to man extra beds.”

She mentioned the province obtained an extra finances to recruit extra personnel, and that will be performed within the subsequent few weeks. 

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Whereas the province is trying to rent extra healthcare staff, junior docs are nonetheless struggling to search out placements. To date, the well being division has positioned 133 junior docs, and 155 are nonetheless unplaced. 

Dr Sandile Mlungwana, who remains to be not positioned, mentioned:

Individuals began receiving their placements on Thursday. The shocking factor is that solely regionally skilled docs have obtained placements.

Mlungwana was skilled in Cuba and accomplished his medical diploma at Walter Sisulu College. 

“Proper now, we’re very indignant and annoyed. We now have been having ongoing talks with the division for months, and we’re nonetheless unplaced.”


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