Over 36 ventilator machines were donated by the Solidarity Fund to the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. The donations were handed over by the acting Gauteng Health MEC, Jacob Mamabolo on Monday. This is the first batch of 1 000 ventilators that will be donated to 60 hospitals in South Africa by the public benefit organisation.
MEC Mamabolo said that those funds were designed to be an umbrella platform for all South Africa to contribute to the fight against Covid-19.
“These machines represent a very useful option in the management of COVID-19 patients, who require more than just oxygen supportive therapy for COVID-19 pneumonia.” Mamabolo said.
According to the Solidarity Fund interim CEO, Nomkhita Nqweni the funds targeted public hospital system in the hotspots of Gauteng, the Western Cape and Eastern Cape.
“This was in response to the expected surge in hospital admissions caused by COVID-19, which was predicted to peak in late August. We are gratified that the first instalment of ventilators is being distributed ahead of schedule, and are committed to ensuring the speedy dispatch of all ventilators to medical facilities on the frontline of the fight against this pandemic.” Nqweni said.
Dr Oliver Smith, from Charlotte Maxeke Hospital added and said the introduction of these machines will play a major role in treating and managing the disease.
“These non-invasive ventilators will go a long way in relieving the pressure on stretched resources, while giving patients the necessary care for their recovery.” Smith said.