Covid 19 hits Vaal hospital

Kopanang hospital staff demonstrating over inadequate protective equipment

VEREENIGING. – Vaal is under panic after 18 people, including some health workers, tested positive for coronavirus at Kopanang hospital.

Gauteng health department confirmed that more than a dozen people tested positive.

Spokesperson of the department, Kwara Kekana, said all the people who were in contact with the staff members have been traced and advised to go under quarantine,

“Staff members who were in contact with the affected colleague were given an option to either self-quarantine at home, or to be assisted at a facility in Essellen Park in the East Rand.” said Kekana

Kekana revealed that they all opted for opted to self-quarantine at their homes.

Last week health workers at the hospital downed tools saying they were concerned about their safety at the hospital complaining that some were not given proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sufficient sanitizers at the hospital.

On the issues of testing and PPEs, Kekana said that the department had embarked on the baseline testing of all its employees in April.

Kekana said that the entire hospital had been disinfected adding that the institution had down-scaled its operations. “Some units are not operational as staff had to be quarantined,” he said.

Kekana revealed that all wards where the infected staff members were working have been closed adding that an intensive disinfection exercise kicked off on 7 May and continued up to the following day.

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