Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, announced that the mortality rate was lower in South Africa due to the well management of COVID-19 patients during the pandemic.
Due to August being know for being the coldest month in winter, it is expected that the number of COVID-19 related cases will increase.
Therefore, Mkhize has taken it upon himself to visit KwaZulu-Natal health facilities, to ensure that they are ready for the increase in cases. He will be there for about two days, to inspect the facilities.
According to Mkhize it is crucial for KwaZulu-Natal to be prepared, as a storm is approaching, which will lead to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.
This means that more beds will need to be available to ensure that COVID-19 patients get the best treatment possible.
"Those with symptoms that were suggestive of COVID-19 should be separated and tested and those who don't have symptoms must be moved to other areas so that we avoid the mixing of patients. That's partly why we're not seeing a huge mortality rate," said Zweli Mkhize.
Due to bed occupancy being low, Mkhize is confident that there will be enough beds available for those who need them.
Amajuba District in KwaZulu-Natal has enough beds available which will be helpful during this pandemic.
“Having been in this region, I’m quite comfortable that there is adequate bed provision, which we will need should the surge in the number of cases materialize in higher numbers,” said Mkhize.
The backlog of test results has been addressed and will be taken care of shortly.
During this pandemic, it is essential for healthcare workers to be protected as they are on the frontline.
Mkhize encourages healthcare workers to speak up if they need anything, in order to combat this virus and heal those who affected by COVID-19.