As the confirmed cases of COVID-19 increase in South Africa, the focus will move to whether or not the South African health system can carry the potential burden of the virus.
What is the state of readiness of South Africa's medical practitioners?
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Clement Manyathela on the Midday Report chats to Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) president Dr Kgosi Letlape to shed more light on the matter.
He says because of the emergency of COVID-19, it is imperative that all medical practitioners use their online services to get in touch with the body.
This is a state of emergency and therefore you cannot have normal rules applying. We will do all we can to ensure that we facilitate and enable as many patients to have consultations as possible.— Dr Kgosi Letlape, President - HPCSA
He says health practitioners are ready to deal with the pandemic, however the lack of resources is a problem.
As doctors we have an ethical duty to all patients even though resources are a challenge. We are asking practitioners to follow the rules and to be careful.— Dr Kgosi Letlape, President - HPCSA
He says for a nation that is vulnerable, everyone needs to work collectively to ensure that this problem is curbed.
We are hoping that rather sooner than later, provinces like Gauteng that have a high number of infections will go into a more serious mode of restrictions. A lockdown is better earlier than later. We should lock down to prevent the spread of the disease rather than lockdown to try and control a pandemic that is out of control.— Dr Kgosi Letlape, President - HPCSA
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Listen below to the full conversation: