Faizel Patel – 31/03/2021
The Gauteng Health Department has amended the hospital visiting hours to allow one visitor per patient for 15 minutes.
The department says the changes will allow relatives and friends of patients to spend time with their loved ones whilst adhering to COVID-19 non-pharmaceutical measures such as social distancing, minimising overcrowding, and hospital congestions.
It says the amendment will also ensure promotion and adherence to occupational health and safety measures whilst promoting optimum infection prevention, and control measures at all Gauteng public healthcare centres.
Gauteng Health’s Kwara Kekana says the changes came into effect last week.
“These measures are not ideal, as many relatives and friends of patients in our care would like to spend more time with their loved ones, however, in a bid to ensure we minimize the spread of COVID-19 virus, hospitals and Community Healthcare Centres need to adhere to non-pharmaceutical measures.”
Kekana has urged the public to adhere to safety measures, as they have been taken in the interest of patients, healthcare workers and greater public good.
“Relatives of patients should get contact details of the ward where they are admitted so they can call whenever possible without having to visit the hospital.”
On Tuesday South Africa recorded 756 more COVID-19 infections while seventy-eight more people died after contracting the coronavirus.
Our recovery rate stands at 95% with just over 1,473,588 people having recuperated from the virus.