'WE WILL HAVE ANARCHY... HELL IS COMING'
Only one patient has come off a ventilator at the Nkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital, in Durban, according to an intensive care specialist there, and “once they reach that stage it becomes a game of chance”.
“We ’re approaching the point where we will be overrun,” she said.
“On top of the patient load, e have 50 staff infections …who do we put in their place, and what happens when we get the next 50 infections?
“We’re not prepared for the peak. We are at capacity now and the peak is coming. We can’t make beds, doctors and ventilators appear out of thin air, and at this point I don’t know what the future looks like for us.
“We will have anarchy … it ’s clear to me now that we will be in the same situation that the Eastern Cape is in now. The hell is coming .”
As in all hospitals, there are shortages. Nurses are given masks to distribute to the other staff but hold onto these because there are so few.
“So now we have fights over masks .”
— Jeff Wicks