When referring to the following stats, one can clearly denote, South Africa at present is with no uncertainly dealing with a developing challenge. With confirmed cases currently standing at 930 711, recoveries sitting at 796 346, and the total deaths coming in at 24 907—we can with great confidence denote that the virus is indeed in its second wave. Therefore proactive measures must be put in place.
In light of this, Dr Gerrit de Villiers, Group General Manager: Clinical Performance, Mediclinic International, states, “Mediclinic is conscious of the evolving second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to ensure that we are best managing the risk to our patients and staff, the decision has been made to temporarily withdraw visiting hours.”
The doctor further states that while Mediclinic understands visiting hours are essential to their patients’ recovery, the hospital also believes this is currently the most appropriate decision. “These measures will take effect from 21 December 2020.”
It is necessary to note that there will be exceptions to these visitor measures as detailed below:
- Visits to Neonatal ICU (one parent at a time)
- Visits to paediatric unit (one parent may live in with child)
- Visits to maternity unit (father/partner may visit)
- Visits to critically ill patients (visits per arrangement with hospital management)
Mediclinic would like to emphasise that everyone within the healthcare sector is working together to fight the pandemic. We encourage communities to adhere to the lockdown and distancing efforts and to observe all measures put in place within the hospital to ensure the safety of our patients.
As Mediclinic Southern Africa takes proactive steps, it is instrumental that we as a community rally together and adhere to the implemented protocols to help curb the spread of the contagion.
Author: Quinton Boucher and Calvin Swemmer
Edited: Calvin Swemmer