Chaos at Northdale clinic
IRATE patients who queued at the Northdale clinic on Bangalore Road on Monday stormed the premises after the clinic had to close due to a staff member testing positive for Covid-19.
Pandemonium broke out when patients began protesting and attempted to break down the gate as they had been waiting since the early hours of the morning for their medication. Clinic staff could not attend to them as all of them had to be tested and the clinic shut down for sanitisation.
A pensioner said she was terrified and feared for her life.
“A nurse came out to tell us they couldn’t attend to us as they had to close immediately because one of the staff had just received their test results. They were all very upset. The next thing, the crowd started shouting but security managed to get them out and lock the gates. It didn’t stop there. We had to quickly run across the road to get away from it. They were shouting and banging on the gates and fences, pushing it down and trying to get in,” said the pensioner.
Ward 31 councillor Rooksana Ahmed said she was contacted to help. “Security eventually managed to calm the people down. The patients were advised they could collect their medication on Tuesday [yesterday] after the clinic had been decontaminated. All the staff are in self-isolation and rotational staff were brought in,” said Ahmed.
Meanwhile, several schools and stores around Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands have had positive cases and were closed for decontamination. They include:
• Three students at Varsity College. All three share accommodation off campus where transmission is believed to have occurred. Campus head Graham Bennetts said in a letter they were “very concerned” about those socialising off campus and not following protocols in day-to-day lives.
• A teacher at Newholme Primary School tested positive and the school has been closed until July 3.
• A teacher at Nizamia Islamic School tested positive and the school has been closed until July 6.
• A teacher at Clarendon Primary school tested positive but the school remains open as the teacher was not at school for over a week.
• Hermannsburg school was closed after two pupils tested positive. Principal Trevor Harbottle said they were due to close for the end of the second term on July 3, so decided to close the school immediately and reopen as scheduled on July 12.
• The Umvoti Municipality offices closed indefinitely after a staff member tested positive. All those in contact with the employee were notified to self-isolate and those who visited the offices in the past three weeks were advised to contact the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.
• Bluff Meat Supply in Victoria Road was closed for sanitisation after an employee tested positive.
• Woolworths at the Cascades centre was also temporarily closed after a staff member tested positive.
• Ten residents at Riverside retirement home have tested positive, nine of whom are asymptomatic. Thirty six residents were tested and eight results are still outstanding. One positive resident has since passed away, two have recovered and two are in hospital. Forty staff members there were tested with 10 being positive (asymptomatic), and 15 results outstanding.
• Six residents at the Sunnyside home have been placed in precautionary quarantine and are asymptomatic.
• Six residents at the Woodgrove home are also in precautionary quarantine. One of the residents had undergone an operation in hospital.