Covid-19: Mediclinic staff fearful after 12 employees test positive

Covid-19: Mediclinic staff fearful after 12 employees test positive

- Mediclinic staff from the Morningside branch have demanded answers after staff tested positive for Covid-19

- Twelve employees including seven health-care workers have contracted the virus

- Staff were worried about their safety after a similar incident in KZN resulted in fatalities

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Mediclinic staff at the Morningside branch are outraged after 12 employees tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Star reports that an anonymous staff member explained how a theatre nurse had presented symptoms after performing a C-section.

After this, it was decided that tests would be carried out and both the mother and the baby tested positive.

IOL reports that Dr Stefan Smuts, chief clinical officer of the hospital chain, confirmed that over 100 potential contacts had been tested with the large majority testing negative

“Twelve staff members have tested positive, seven are health-care workers. The staff members are all in isolation and will remain so until they have fully recovered."

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With the situation at St Augustine's Hospital in Durban still fresh on everyone's minds, the anonymous staff member said employees are concerned over how the hospital has been handling the situation

“We need to take this seriously because we don’t want to find ourselves in a situation like in Italy and they must just disclose (it), and tell us what is happening. If they want us to comply and help, they need to help us as well, and tell us what’s happening."

Briefly.co.za reported that St Augustine's Hospital had suffered an outbreak that resulted in 66 infections and five deaths with the hospital forced to close off certain areas of the facility.

Employees also raised concerns over the limited supply of personal protective equipment, revealing that the hospital was experiencing a shortage:

“We don’t have many resources in the country when it comes to health and as much as our communities are not taking this seriously, as health-care workers we are concerned."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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