Patients at Mfuleni Day Hospital in Cape Town are being given their medication through the fence, Ground Up has reported.
It is becoming more apparent that health workers are living with the fear of contracting the coronavirus.
Ground Up spoke to some patients who visited the hospital:
Zilungile Mgodlo asked a staff member why patients were being given medications over the fence- “She just asked if we are not afraid of the coronavirus, and that left us with more questions,” he said.
Another patient, 59-year-old Monwabisi Sango, at first thought it was joke: “It is the first time in my life seeing something like this happen.”
For others the new mode of operations at the hospital is infringing on their privacy.
“I don’t know who came up with this, but it is embarrassing and even if people didn’t know you are on some medication, now they will know because of what the hospital is doing”, said Zubenathi Mayekiso. “While your name is being called, everyone looks at you.”
Sithembiso Magubane, from the Department of Health, said the circumstances around the handing out of medication are being examined.
The Western Cape province has recorded over 500 infections among essential workers across various sectors including healthcare, retail, and policing.