Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
7 minute read
30 Jun 2020
4:01 pm

Secrecy and poor planning putting healthcare professionals and patients at risk 

Nica Richards

Although Covid-19 is exposing issues within the healthcare sector for years, getting inside information on the state of hospitals has proved a monumental task. 

A lab technician with the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) prepares a tent at a screening and testing drive in front of the Alexandra Madala Hostel in Johannesburg, on April 27, 2020. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

Unconfirmed reports of at least 65 positive Covid-19 cases among healthcare professionals at the Leratong Hospital on Gauteng's West Rand has sparked concern over government’s apparent lack of contingency plans to account for increasing cases among doctors and nurses countrywide. According to a Whatsapp group message from one unit head at the hospital to her staff, which The Citizen has seen, four doctors and three nurses in the casualty department had tested positive for the virus by this past weekend. The internal medicine department had seven positive doctors and 18 nurses, pediatrics had one doctor and four nurses, three doctors...