Professor Salim Abdool Karim: Restriction on alcohol use may be needed

Professor Salim Abdool Karim: Restriction on alcohol use may be needed

- Professor Karim said the a restriction on the use of alcohol may need to be put into place

- He said key medical services whose time could be utilised for Covid-19 are now being redirected towards alcohol-linked trauma cases

- Professor Karim also warned that non-Covid-19 patients may interact with infected people in the emergency wards, thus spreading the virus

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Professor Salim Abdool Karim said the ban on alcohol sales may need to be reinstated in order to relieve the health care system. Professor Karim said hospitals are under pressure because of alcohol related trauma cases.

In an interview with eNCA, he said that key medical services are being used for alcohol-linked trauma cases and these medical services are needed for Covid-19 patients.

He added that people coming to the emergency room with alcohol-linked trauma cases use up the beds needed for Covid-19 patients and they also take up time that could be utilized fighting the spread of the virus.

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Professor Karim also warned that if you have a situation of non-Covid-19 patients coming into the emergency room because of an alcohol-linked case they are also incur a risk because they may come into contact with Covid-19 infected patients. reported that Bheki Cele hinted that the ban on alcohol may come back. Yesterday, the Minister of Police said is he calling for the ban on alcohol and there is enough evidence to justify this.

Last week, the Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane wrote to the National Command Council calling for the ban on alcohol sales in the province.

Mabuyane cited the same reasons as Professor Karim, adding that they have noted an increase in trauma in hospitals cases linked to the use of alcohol.

Arrive Alive has also reported various alcohol-linked incidents across the country resulting in fatalities. The latest accident is a drunk truck driver in Jozini whose truck ploughed into pedestrians and vehicles, killing eight and injuring 32.

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