How is the well-being of healthcare workers being prioritised in the time of COVID-19?
Doctors and nurses are at the front line of handling the the pandemic, putting them at risk of contracting the virus.
Academic head for emergency medicine at Wits and head of emergency department at Charlotte Maxeke hospital Professor Feroz Motara says while there is some anxiety amongst some, there is a dedicated group of people who have given a hundred percent of their time to dealing with the outbreak.
We're in the profession because there is that dedication and commitment. You still have to go to work and do what you need to do.— Professor Feroz Motara, Academic head for emergency medicine at Wits
You still have to see the normal patients, the patients who are not presenting COVID-like symptoms ... in addition to the load from the COVID. The patient load is a lot more but we're finding ways to cope with that - we have shift workers, hopefully from next week we will have some additional staff.— Professor Feroz Motara, Academic head for emergency medicine at Wits
Feroz says, however, there has been some pressure with the abuse of staff from members of the public.
The challenge is that we often have to deal with members of the public who from fear and anxiety come in ... which adds to the pressure of just having to do your normal job.— Professor Feroz Motara, Academic head for emergency medicine at Wits
There is also then the pressure that you have a family you go home to - so the fear of 'Have I taken enough precautions while I am at work not to take anything home?'— Professor Feroz Motara, Academic head for emergency medicine at Wits
She says operational measures have been put in place.
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