The Melomed Hospital in Mitchells Plain has been declared Covid-19 free after it discharged its last patient with the virus this week. File photo: African News Agency (ANA)
The Melomed Hospital in Mitchells Plain has been declared Covid-19 free after it discharged its last patient with the virus this week. File photo: African News Agency (ANA)

Mitchells Plain hospital ‘Covid-19 free’ after releasing last patient with virus

By Robin-Lee Francke Time of article published Apr 9, 2021

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Cape Town - The Melomed Hospital in Mitchells Plain discharged its last Covid-19 patient earlier this week, making the health institution free of the coronavirus for now.

The 40-year-old woman was released on Wednesday after being hospitalised for a week, said the marketing manager for the private hospital group, Shameema Adams.

“Whilst we are mindful of the fact that there may be more Covid-19 admissions at the hospital in future, this key milestone is one that must not go unnoticed given the arduous journey that has been overcome in recent months,” Adams said.

She said the Melomed Mitchells Plain was one of the first hospitals in South Africa to have admitted and treated a Covid-19 patient – on April 19 last year.

It was the first hospital in the Melomed group to currently have no Covid-19 patients admitted, with the rest having also seen a major decline in cases.

“We nevertheless remind ourselves that we need to be alert and prepared at all times (for new cases),” Adams said, adding that all Melomed hospitals were fully operational for in- and outpatients, with specialist doctors available for all illnesses and medical procedures.

According to the Health Department, South Africa recorded 1 554 975 Covid-19 cases yesterday, by far the highest national tally on the continent.

More than 53 000 people have succumbed to the virus, but over 1.48 million have recovered, translating to a 95 percent recovery rate.

African News Agency (ANA)

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