Investigations revealed alarming reports of unborn babies dying in overcrowded and understaffed maternity wards in South Africa’s Port Elizabeth hospitals in the Eastern Cape province.
A BBC investigative report exposed filthy South African hospitals neck-deep in array of systemic failures with exhausted doctors and nurses who are overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients and a health service near collapse.
The investigative report showed that key staff are on strike or sick with coronavirus in the Eastern Cape province.
Moreover, nurses are forced to act as cleaners, surgeons are washing their own hospital laundry.
One senior doctor reportedly described thesituation as “an epic failure of a deeply corrupt system”
Another doctor painted the situation as: “institutional burn-out… a sense of chronic exploitation, the department of health essentially bankrupt, and a system on its knees with no strategic management”.
South Africa aggressively fought coronavirus back for months with an early, tough, and economically devastating lockdown yet the situation seems bigger than the government can handle.
The nation is witnessing rise in infection rates which recently spurred President Cyril Ramaphosa to warn that the storm is upon the nation.
Spotlighting the city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province further necessiated fundamental questions about how those extra months were used, or wasted, by officials.
Dr John Black said fear plus mental and emotional fatigue rent the air as they are working with a skeleton staff even before Covid-19 and now they are down another 30%.