At the same time: Cloete says substance abuse is driving up emergency medical care admissions in local hospitals. Depression and suicide also increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. Cloete says Tik was one of the main drivers of mental health psychoses that led to people ending up in emergency rooms.
Provincial Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete says there has, over the last few weeks, been a worrying decrease in vaccine uptake among residents.
He says vaccinations have dropped from an average of almost 200 000 injections to just more than 100 000, administered on a weekly basis. In excess of 3.7-million doses of covid-19 vaccines have, to date, been administered across the Western Cape.