The Western Cape Health Department has recorded a significant surge in trauma-cases, since last week Friday, when the country moved to Level 1 of the lockdown.

Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete says the end-of-the-month weekend coincided with the further lifting of alcohol-sales restrictions, leading to an increase of alcohol-related injuries and trauma.

He says this influx was seen at 17 of the province’s emergency centres.

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The Western Cape has seen a more than 25% decrease in the number of trauma-cases in its 17 health-care facilities, in the past 2 to 3 weeks.

The trauma cases, caused mainly by alcohol-related violence and -accidents, have been continually decreasing since the ban on alcohol was recently announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Western Cape Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete.

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The Western Cape Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete says of all patients currently occupying hospital beds in the province’s healthcare centres only 6% are being treated for Covid-19.

During the weekly digicon this week, Cloete said the majority of people in hospital are being treated for alcohol-related injuries and trauma.

He says alcohol-abuse is a big driving-force in placing pressure on the province’s healthcare facilities.

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