Sounds horrific but what would those numbers have looked like with just a curfew in place? How many MVAs did you attend to that took place during daylight? How many bar fights?
It's easy to blame booze but people have been drinking all though lockdown. Freedom of movement on the other hand...
Honestly I'd just like to see some real numbers.
MVA's while intoxicated was almost zero for me during level 5 as all the social spots were closed. Same with 'bar fights'.
Domestic Violence cases spiked badly during level 5.
The most recent weekend I was on call, majority of the MVA's was at night. However, I'm not sure whether a curfew would actually stop this.... I mean, people dont fear driving drunk and its consequences - so I'm not sure a badly enforced curfew would make any difference. The police cant be everywhere to enforce a curfew all the time , all over the country. However, the booze ban, takes a lot of pressure off the healthcare system, with the flick of the president's pen.
Booze is the only common denominator we see in the field. I work in the private sector and in the northern parts of Jozi and the impact of booze is blatantly clear - I'm scared to think what it's like in the public sector.
We dont have time,energy and the resources to deal this sort of patients right now.