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Bandile Masuku appeals to Gauteng residents to contribute towards acquiring protective gear for healthcare workers

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Gauteng Health MEC, Dr Bandile Masuku, has appealed to Gauteng residents to assist in acquiring protective gear for provincial healthcare workers amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Gauteng has been declared as the most infected province across South Africa, with a reported 584 confirmed COVID-19 cases as at Sunday, 29 March 2020. MEC of Health in Gauteng, Dr Bandile Masuku, has requested that residents assist in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus by offering donations to healthcare workers who are left without protective gear in the hospitals. In a tweet on Sunday, 29 March 2020, Dr Masuku stated, “Let’s build up the stocks for (personal protective equipment) PPE as we need to protect our healthcare workers and further educate all about the judicious use of PPE.”

The MEC also announced a WhatsApp group for donations, which he has been promoting on his social media page. On Saturday, 28 March 2020, he thanked the volunteering staff, who offered their time and services in aid of conducting the donation pledges. He stated, “Thank you to everyone who has reached out and offered their time and services. We have established a donations team to better coordinate the work. For those who wish to assist in the fight against COVID-19, please contact the team.”

Masuku continues to update Gauteng residents on social media regarding the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province.

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