War of wards: Workers say Limpopo hospitals in crisis. Not so, ...

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War of wards: Workers say Limpopo hospitals in crisis. Not so, says MEC

Phophi Ramathuba and hospital staff disagree over the shortage of ICU beds and PPE as Covid cases rocket

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A war of words, and conflicting accounts, is playing out at Limpopo’s third-biggest hospital, as Covid-19 infections and deaths continue to rise.

After an article published in TimesLIVE last week, in which a doctor at Mankweng hospital in Polokwane, Limpopo, laid bare the dire situation at the hospital with regards to the availability of ICU beds, health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba came out with guns blazing, disputing the allegations.

According to the doctor, a lot of patients were not surviving due to the lack of ICU beds, with most of them dying just under 12 hours after being admitted. The doctor told TimesLIVE he believed that if they had been admitted to ICU, most of those patients would have made it...

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