Article by: Dumisane Dube
The department of health announced that the South African Defense Force (SANDF) will be deployed in Gauteng to assist the Health Department to curb the spread of covid-19 amid third wave.
South Africa recently recorded 11, 767 new cases, with Gauteng accounting for 64% of the new infections.
The Acting Minister of Health Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane together with a panel of experts briefed the media on the progress of government’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19 on Friday.
“I would really want to appeal, can we respond and save the lives of many South Africans in your province as the health practitioners are starting to be under pressure. We have requested additional capacity to assist Gauteng in terms of military help that has moved into the province to assist us by moving into the hospitals,” said Kubayi-Ngubane
According to the minster the department held meetings with the President, the Minister of Defense and the Military Veterans and they requested military help in stopping the spread.
“We need the human capital for the beds we are making available for managing the pandemic. The second area they will assist us in, is around mass testing, screening and contact tracing,” she added.
The military health services will be deployed on Friday.
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