Cape Town's hospitals under strain due to violence

By Doug Mattushek - 12 August 2019Views : 219


Emergency trauma centers in Cape Town are struggling to cope with the drastic increase in gunshot and stabbing victims.

The harrowing numbers were revealed by Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo to the Cape Argus.

"Our emergency centres are operating at more than 100% capacity most of the time," said Mbombo.

"In 2008, our emergency centres at our district and regional hospitals in the metro collectively received 186 425 emergency visits, compared with 382 132 visits in 2018."

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One of the largest government-funded hospitals in the Cape Metro, Groote Schuur, showed a 100% increase in patients with gunshot wounds over the last eight years.

Meanwhile, the Tygerberg Hospital has also experienced a dramatic uptake due to the areas it services. Khayelitsha, Parow and Delft are the top three suburbs for violent related deaths and Tygerberg is the specialised hospital for the areas.

"...Tygerberg Hospital has, since the beginning of 2019, treated on average a staggering 107 gunshot victims per month," continued Mboombo.