SA’s first “police hospital” have formally open.
This comes after the virus claimed the lives of 193 officers.
The brand new 160-bed facility will first be used for law enforcement officials who contracted Covid-19.
The Police Hospital on the Tshwane SAPS Academy was opened on Thursday by the deputy police minister Cassel Mathale, SAPS nationwide commissioner Gen Khehla Sitole and the administration of the SA Police Medical Scheme (Polmed).
Mathale mentioned it’s an modern response to curb the virus unfold “and to make sure that we defend our front-line staff for them to have the ability to proceed to ship much-needed providers to our residents.”
Principal officer of Polmed, Neo Khauoe, mentioned the positioning may accommodate 160 sufferers however for now, it will accommodate as much as 45 sufferers as a consequence of Covid-19 rules.
She mentioned “it was necessary for us to make sure that our officers are secure throughout this pandemic.”
Sitole mentioned the ability will later be transformed to a hospital for law enforcement officials after the pandemic.
“The hospital is a part of a long-term plan and a part of the SAPS turnaround imaginative and prescient.”
“We can even look into one other extra facility,” he mentioned.
Dr Nkateko Munisi, chair of the advisory board of the RH group and non-executive director of hospitals, confirmed that the hospital is nicely geared up.
“For now the ability has been ready to accommodate 45 members for isolation functions”
“We now have completely different wards for feminine and male however it’s absolutely fledged, nicely geared up, with the usual of any non-public facility — however strictly for law enforcement officials,” he mentioned.