South Africa‘s power shortage has intensified and the country’s health system is finding it difficult for the paramedics to perform their jobs.
“We got called to a hospital where the generators stopped working and then it was 18 paramedics and nine ICU ventilator patients. And so it was two paramedics per patient and then nine of us, we had to ventilate them manually for four hours, until their generators were fixed,” Nicole Morrison, a paramedic said.
Jeanette Mahlangu is one of the vulnerable persons hurt by government-enforced loadshedding. The Soweto resident has been forced to go without the oxygen concentrator helping her breathe.
Meanwhile her backup tank is empty, the 8 to 10 hours with no power have made it too expensive to refill. Her daughter feels distressed.
“When I look at my mum, she’s quiet and expecting this, I can’t say anything. But myself, I’m scared. Me, I’m scared like, I don’t like this.”
If Janette was in need of an ambulance during the blackout, there would be no way to call one, due to limited battery and no phone service.
Source: Africa News