- As the Covid-19 pandemic ravages the Western Cape, five patients received some good news this week
- Five patients who had been in ICU were moved to normal wards and were relieved, as were their families
- The patients had been treated on the high-flow nasal oxygen machines which appear to have been very effective
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There was joy at the Groote Schuur Hospital’s intensive-care unit (ICU) this week as five critical Covid-19 patients were moved to normal wards after they were treated on the high-flow nasal oxygen (HFNO) machines.
The HFNO machine is a device which delivers concentrated oxygen to a patient's lungs via long tubes which sit just below the patient's nostrils.
This decreases the work of breathing and makes sure that the body gets enough oxygen even though there is lung inflammation.
Shahied Fischer, 56, from Hanover Park, Cape Town, was the first of the five patients to come off the HFNO machine.
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"When I came into Groote Schuur Hospital on Monday (June 29) I could not breathe, I thought this was the end, I was not going to make it. But this hospital is awesome, the staff have helped me to fight this battle and live again.
"Covid-19 has helped me appreciate essential workers and the difference they are making to help us patients survive."
IOL reported that Dr Shrikant Peters, and Dr Laurene Booyens, both medical staff at the hospital, said that over a period of three months, around a third of patients recover without requiring intubation,
This is a significantly positive outcome compared to settings where no high-flow nasal oxygen treatment is offered. Patients at Ye Old Thatch, an isolation and quarantine facility in Beaufort West, also shared their stories of their roads to recovery.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Gauteng Premier David Makhura tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. The provincial leader said that he had experienced mild symptoms earlier in the week and is now self-isolating.
Despite contracting the virus in his province, which is now South Africa's epicentre, Makhura remains dedicated to his work. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde also tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.
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