Visiting hour restrictions at Gauteng hospitals eased

31 March 2021 - 12:03
Family and friends can visit loved ones in government hospitals in Gauteng - but only one person at a time and for 15 minutes. Stock photo.
Family and friends can visit loved ones in government hospitals in Gauteng - but only one person at a time and for 15 minutes. Stock photo.
Image: 123RF/Phasut Waraphisit

Visiting hours in Gauteng’s government hospitals have been eased to allow one visitor per patient for 15 minutes.

“The amendment will permit relatives and friends of patients to spend time with their loved ones while adhering to Covid-19 non-pharmaceutical measures such as social distancing and minimising overcrowding and hospital congestions,” said the provincial health department.

The department said it would ensure promotion and adherence to occupational health and safety measures while promoting optimum infection prevention and control measures.

“These measures are not ideal as many relatives and friends of patients in our care would like to spend more time with their loved ones. However, in a bid to ensure we minimise the spread of Covid-19, hospitals and community health-care centres need to adhere to non-pharmaceutical measures,” said Kwara Kekana, spokesperson for the health MEC.

Kekana pleaded with the public to adhere to safety measures as they have been put in place in the interest of patients, health-care workers and members of the public.

Kekana confirmed no visits were allowed previously unless special arrangement had been made.

“We all need to play our part to stop the spread of the coronavirus and reduce the chances of a third wave, of infections,” she said.

The department recommended that relatives of patients should get contact details for the ward in which they are admitted so they can call whenever possible without having to physically visit the hospital.

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