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Hospital takes caution

The public have been informed of new visiting hours at hospitals brought about by the current health crisis.

Covid-19 have been spreading throughout the country with the first confirmed case having been reported earlier this month. As at yesterday, the total number of postive infections stood at 402 confirmed cases.

Zolani Zenzile, spokesperson for the Karl Bremer Hospital, says some of the adjustments during this time include reduced visiting times (19:00 to 20:00), one visitor per patient, no patient rotation and no under 12 year olds. “The department is adjusting in-hospital visiting protocol to limit the growing risk around the possible transmission of Covid-19,” Zenzile said in a statement.

He says the adjustments are also in line with the principle of social distancing to limit interaction and in doing so, slowing and stopping the spread of the virus.

A Goodwood resident however shared several photos of mostly elderly people sitting in a waiting area allegedly at the hospital on Monday morning. The information was shared on the Bothasig, Edgemead, Monte Vista, Vasco, Richwood Neighbourhood Facebook page.

According to the information shared, the patients sat relatively near to one another. A security guard at the hospital did apparently inform visitors to maintain a safe social distance, but according to the writer, this rule was not enforced.

TygerBurger reached out to the author of the post as well as Zenzile and the provincial department of health, but has not received feedback yet.

In a statement issued Monday afternoon however the department did indicate that it requests members of the public – that unless they require emergency treatment – to stay at home and seek advice first if they are unsure. “If you need emergency medical care, you must urgently go to your closest health facility,” Mark van der Heever, spokesperson, says.

The new visting hours restrictions apply to all provincial government hospitals.

“We ask the public for their support in respecting our new visitation protocol as these are put into place to ensure everyone’s safety,” the department says.

Visitors are asked to contact the hospital in advance to enquire about its visiting times.

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