‘We need staff and psychological help’: Photos from inside a Gauteng hospital ward
By James Oatway• 22 January 2021
The A and E ward is packed, but staff insist it’s a quiet day. Patients are lying or sitting on gurneys with oxygen pipes attached to their noses and drips attached to their wrists. Oxygen suppliers say they struggled to keep up with high demand for medical-grade oxygen during the first half of January.
(Photo: James Oatway)
Photojournalist James Oatway visited Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital north of Pretoria to document the second-wave realities faced by doctors and nurses in an intensive care unit.
Driven by a more infectious new COVID variant, the second wave of South Africa’s coronavirus pandemic has seen considerably more infections than the first wave. This meant health workers have had to deal with more hospitalisations and deaths — and pressure. Bhekisisa visited George Mukhari Academic Hospital north of Tshwane to document the second wave realities experienced by doctors and nurses. DM/MC
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