- The South African Medical Association has welcomed the decision to lockdown Nelson Mandela Bay
- The metropolitan does not have enough doctors to handle the influx of patients into hospitals
- Mzansi has reacted with mixed emotions at the lockdown of the city
The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has welcomed the government's decision to lockdown Nelson Mandela Bay.
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the shocking news to South Africa on Thursday night, it was not what Mzansi was expecting.
Many residents of NMB have expressed their anger and dismay at the lockdown but SAMA has said that there are not enough doctors to handle the increase in cases which are inundating the emergency rooms of hospitals according to SABC.
Times Live has said that experts warn that a surge in the Easter Cape could trigger a second wave of Covid-19 in South Africa.
SAMA Chairperson, Dr Angelique Coetzee made the following statement:
“The President was correct in putting in restrictions and declaring NMB as a hotspot. The Eastern Cape does not have enough doctors or trained nursing staff to work in the ICUs to handle patients who need different care than normal patients in a ward. I fail to see how we are going to get it right because there is no political will. You need to have a strong CEO at a hospital saying to the provincial Department of Health I need this, you have to get me the following resources,” says Coetzee.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Acting Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Tshonono Buyeye, has warmly welcomed the announcement.
Buyeye says that provincial authorities had actually requested an adjustment of the curfew:
“We felt that if we move the curfew and give enough time for people so that if you are seen to be outside at 12 o’clock and you can’t explain yourself as an essential worker or for any other reason, then the law enforcement can come in.”
In other news, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has had another family meeting with the country and has had to use some tough love.
The disobedient child, in this case, is Nelson Mandela Bay, which was placed under lockdown and send ripples through the social media with tweeps begging other cities to behave or face a similar fate.
In addition, liquor sales have been given a curfew, which has some people quite upset over the prospect of celebrating New Year's Eve at 10 pm.
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