R405 million to buy Covid medical equipment

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R405 million to buy Covid medical equipment
REACHING ZENITH: The SA Govt is preparing for the peak of infections over the next two weeks with the Solidarity Fund dispensing close half a billion rands for the procurement of much needed medical equipment. PICTURE BY Time Magazine

More than 120 000 beds will be needed.


The Solidarity Fund has approved an additional R405 million to be used to buy medical equipment as South Africa fights the Covid-19 virus.

These will be supplied to the hotspots of Gauteng, Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.

The fund approved the purchase of a number of essential equipments that will be used in treating infected South Africans.

These include hundreds of thousands of hospital beds, ventilators and high-flow oxygen devices.

Each province will receive support in terms of projected and analysed demands by health experts working with health minister Zweli Mkhize.

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Field hospitals have already been built in other provinces, with Mbombela stadium also earmarked for one.

The projected demand for beds in South Africa is more than 100 000 general ward beds and over 26 000 ICU beds as the country faces the peak of the pandemic.

For Gauteng, the Solidarity Fund has approved R209 million – which will be used in the purchase of medical equipment.

The Fund has also approved the following:

– R120 million to help purchase equipment for the Western Cape

– R76 million for the Eastern Cape where there is insufficient general ward and ICU beds. There is also an urgent need for oxygen devices in the EC.

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– R250 million for the local production of 20 000 non-invasive ventilators in support of the National Ventilator Project.

The locally manufactured ventilators are expected to be delivered at the end of August in line with the predicted infection peak.

(edited by ZK)

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