Approximately 40 million people are affected by HIV in South Africa in the recent times. It’s a global problem affecting millions of people however the most affected region is Sub-Saharan Africa. The year 2009 was a depressing year for the people as it has been reported that almost 310,000 peoples of South African origin died of AIDS. Men, women and children alike are affected by HIV and living with it. The worst affected are the women folks.
With the increase in the number of HIV infected people the pressure is felt on its hospitals as more than half of the hospital beds are occupied by the HIV infected populace. In addition, the admitted persons stay in hospital for much longer time than the other patients. This is putting pressure for the hospitals as the pooper African countries lack the facilities and have fewer beds. The end result is that as there is less number of beds available so therefore the patients who are HIV infected get admitted in the later stage of the illness which sadly lessens the possibility of recovery.
The impact of HIV/AIDS is putting pressure on the healthcare workers who are already few in numbers. The healthcare workers are migrating to richer countries for better opportunities. In addition to this, too much workload is taking a toll on their health. Poor pay is also one of the reasons for the scarcity of the healthcare workers.