Hos­pi­tals brace for coro­n­avirus

Sunday Tribune - - METRO - LETHU NX­U­MALO lethu.nx­u­malo@inl.co.za

AS GLOBAL coro­n­avirus deaths in­crease, state hos­pi­tals are ready­ing them­selves and Ad­ding­ton Hos­pi­tal is said to be bet­ter pre­pared with an iso­la­tion ward that meets the re­quired stan­dards com­pared to that of the provin­cially des­ig­nated Grey’s hos­pi­tal.

The na­tional Depart­ment of Health ap­pointed Grey’s in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg to man­age all sus­pected coro­n­avirus cases in Kwazulu-na­tal.

How­ever, No­makiki Ma­jola, a mem­ber of the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture and chair­per­son of the health port­fo­lio com­mit­tee, said that Ad­ding­ton had bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties, although up­grades were needed.

“We are pleased with the cur­rent state of the iso­la­tion ward be­cause it meets the stan­dards.

“It’s a mat­ter of re­vi­tal­is­ing it and mak­ing it to­tally ideal and cor­rect for the pur­pose it has been des­ig­nated for,” she said.

“An out­break needs ev­ery­body to be on their toes,” she said.

Ma­jola met the heads of dif­fer­ent units at Ad­ding­ton to dis­cuss the coro­n­avirus mas­ter plan and to as­sess the hos­pi­tal’s state of readi­ness yes­ter­day.

Dr Mthethelel­i Nd­langisa, the hos­pi­tal’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, took Ma­jola on a tour of the iso­la­tion ward for sus­pected cases.

“The ward is a work in progress, but it needs a dead­line be­cause we can have a case any time,” said Ma­jola.

Ma­jola would also visit Grey’s, Em­pan­geni’s Ng­welezane and far north­ern Zu­l­u­land’s Man­guzi hos­pi­tals in the next few days.

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