COVID-19: Seven lessons from the Western Cape

COVID-19: Seven lessons from the Western Cape

The COVID-19 epidemic in the Western Cape is at least a few weeks ahead of that in South Africa’s other provinces. Some leading doctors in the province have shared some key lessons learned in recent months.

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COVID-19: How high-flow nasal oxygen is saving lives and sparing some patients the trauma of intubation

COVID-19: How high-flow nasal oxygen is saving lives and sparing some patients the trauma of intubation

Doctors at two of the Western Cape’s most severely impacted COVID-19 hospitals say they have seen positive outcomes from using high-flow nasal oxygen instead of invasive mechanical ventilation. Kathryn Cleary asked doctors at these hospitals to explain how and why this kind of oxygen therapy works so well.

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COVID-19: Inside a Western Cape quarantine and isolation hotel

COVID-19: Inside a Western Cape quarantine and isolation hotel

Carefully planned meals, a television in the room and free Wi-Fi, but no alcohol or visitors allowed. Biénne Huisman steps inside one of the Western Cape’s quarantine and isolation hotels.

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COVID-19: First Langa resident to test positive reflects on COVID-19 and quarantine

COVID-19: First Langa resident to test positive reflects on COVID-19 and quarantine

Nosisi Jacobs from Langa in Cape Town is among the over 37 000 people in the Western Cape who have so far recovered after testing positive for COVID-19. Siyabonga Kamnqa spoke to her about her journey from diagnosis, to life under quarantine and finally recovery.

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COVID-19: R500bn and the case for procurement reform

COVID-19: R500bn and the case for procurement reform

President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to act strongly against any corruption and profiteering from the COVID-19 crisis but the systems in place to guard against this may be falling short. Spotlight looked at preliminary spending figures and asked some experts about how public money can be safeguarded during this time.

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COVID-19 “She said goodbye to me in her way”

COVID-19 “She said goodbye to me in her way”

By last week 1 010 public sector healthcare workers in the Western Cape had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Of these six had passed away of COVID-19. Anncha Kepkey, a nurse at Tygerberg Hospital, is among those who died. Biénne Huisman spoke to her husband about who Anncha was and what happened in the last days of her life.

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COVID-19: As ICUs fill up in the WC, some lockdown measures may have to be reconsidered

COVID-19: As ICUs fill up in the WC, some lockdown measures may have to be reconsidered

The substantial relaxation of South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown measures from today was probably both inevitable and the right decision. But with ICU capacity in the Western Cape already stretched, and infections in the province rising rapidly, one or two measures may need to be reconsidered, argues Marcus Low.

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COVID-19: Health and Safety at Groote Schuur Hospital

COVID-19: Health and Safety at Groote Schuur Hospital

Health and safety officers play a critical role in keeping hospitals safe. Tiyese Jeranji spoke to Jan Engelbrecht, a health and safety officer at Groote Schuur Hospital where 69 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

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COVID-19: George Hospital gears up for expected surge in cases

COVID-19: George Hospital gears up for expected surge in cases

The national lockdown has bought South Africa some time to get health facilities ready for COVID-19. Tiyese Jeranji looks at measures underway to prepare George Hospital for the expected surge in cases.

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COVID-19: Interview with a Cape Town doctor on the frontlines

COVID-19: Interview with a Cape Town doctor on the frontlines

Since January Dr Arifa Parker has served at the coalface of South Africa’s fight against COVID-19. Biénne Huisman chatted to her about what life is like in the eye of the storm.

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COVID-19: A visit to Tygerberg Hospital’s ward D-10

COVID-19: A visit to Tygerberg Hospital’s ward D-10

Shortly after Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced South Africa’s latest tally of 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases – Spotlight got a glimpse of the isolation unit at Tygerberg Hospital where three patients are currently in isolation and awaiting test results to see if they are infected.

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