The South African Government released a statement claiming that the president is working on increasing resources at healthcare facilities, in light of the rising numbers amid the COVID-19 second wave.
The South African Government took to Twitter on Friday, 15 January 2021, to report that President Cyril Ramaphosa is working on increasing resources at healthcare facilities. This is believed to be based on the high numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, and the reported failure of healthcare facilities to handle the rate at which the causalities are coming in.
While the report has been welcomed, there are still some unanswered questions. Firstly, it has raised questions on the purpose of the first lockdown. When it was initially announced, it was said to be to prepare the healthcare system for the pandemic. However, through the resurgence, it has become evident that the required level of preparation was not completed.
Additionally, the announcement comes on the back of reports that the Department of Health is looking to make personal protective equipment (PPE) only applicable for healthcare workers dealing directly with COVID-19 patients. This is a suggestion that has been met with much pushback from healthcare workers and unions.
See the post below.
Good morning South Africa.
President Ramaphosa has assured the nation that resources at our healthcare facilities are being increased, as the number of Covid-19 infections rise.#COVID19 #VaccineRolloutSA #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/1kY7BFX25O
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) January 15, 2021