It has attracted more than one million people and is located between the wine country and the beach of this international destination. Now it has become the focus of attention.
High-density areas like Cayletsa are closely watched because doctors say that places like this are where victory or defeat against Covid-19 is on the African continent.
The Western Cape is now in the middle of its peak coronavirus surge. According to government data on July 5, the province has 69,000 Covid-19 cases and 2,066 deaths, making it the most affected province in the country.
Dr Claire Keene said: “No one knows what the Covid epidemic means for South Africa. We have seen Covid raging in Europe, we have seen what it has done in the United States, everyone has Fear of meaning.”
She said: “We are facing too many failures with Covid. We have made good use of time, but we always doubt whether we have used enough time.”
In Khayelitsha, the Doctors Without Borders teamed up with the country’s health department to transform the basketball court into a field hospital in response to this surge. The scrubber walked out of the back door and brought the oxygen cylinder from the outside forest of oxygen cylinders.
There are 70 beds and only a small amount of blank space. Patients (most of whom are elderly) come from nearby areas, which is the key to winning the trust of the local community. Some people go out a few days after receiving oxygen and steroid treatment, while others are not so lucky.
Keene said that their field hospital is in the intensive care unit (ICU) level of care, but not just the recovery unit. With the arrival of the peak period, this has become a key method to reduce the burden on local hospitals.
But public health officials and doctors here admit that their early models (even those that led to the active blockade) were too pessimistic.
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Professor Li Wallis, head of emergency medicine at the Western Cape Provincial Government, said: “Our patients are fewer than we expected, and our hospitalization is also less than we expected. So far, our death toll is greater than ours Expect less.”
However, Wallis and his team plan to prepare 1,400 extra beds for the worst. He sat in a massively remodeled conference center near the Cape Town waterfront, overlooking an empty ward. They expect the facility to approach capacity by the end of July.
Wallis said the HIV burden did not have the effects that some people feared. He said that more critical are comorbidities, such as hypertension, obesity, and diabetes, which also worsen the prognosis of Covid-19 globally.
The pandemic broke out later than in South Africa and Europe and North America, and the experts here benefited from mistakes and innovations in early hot spots.
Wallis said that the move from having patients put on a ventilator to providing them with a lot of oxygen has changed almost overnight in major Western Cape hospitals.
Now, many similar patients no longer breathe through medical coma or through machines, but inhale large amounts of oxygen through masks or cannulas.
He said: “We look at what is done in high-income countries and adapt it to low-income countries and make it work.”
Although the peak in Cape Town did not meet their expectations, he believes that the duration of this surge may be longer than expected by earlier models, or even for several months. This situation will make the health system and despair The population is tight. Back to some normal state.
Public health officials have warned that it is too early to overcome the disease, and they are also cautious about predicting a virus that is just over six months old.
The doctors and nurses in Cape Town still concentrate on a patient once a day.
Keane said: “Every death is a heavy burden for the medical staff, but when the patient comes here to pant and then go out, it is a huge achievement for everyone.”