New Covid-19 Testing Facility in Khayelitsha

CAPE TOWN – A new testing and triage centre has been opened in Khayelitsha, Western Cape.

The triage is one of 19 other facilities set to open within the province to help ease healthcare demands during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Western Cape has become the epicentre in South Africa with at least 2700 infections.

DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Health Wendy Philander said; “Seven other facilities have been completed including places such as Paarl, Tygerberg and Mitchells Plain while several others are currently under construction.”

With an additional 10 sites launched this week, bringing the total number of operational centres to 17.

“We welcome this proactive measure by the provincial Department of Health. The testing and triage sites are separate from the main hospital sites to further prevent the spread of Covid-19 at our health facilities,” continued Philander.

As there is an anticipated peak in August 2020, the Western Cape Government aims to keep a close eye on the pandemic and remain prepared for any possibility.

“Personal Protective Equipment to the value of R44 million is currently available, with a further R185 million on backorder, to ensure frontline workers are protected in the continued fight against the Coronavirus. Equipment includes masks and aprons for community health workers as they continue to roll-out on screening and testing efforts in communities” added Philander.

Over 1 000 healthcare professionals have volunteered to assist the Health Department during the pandemic, providing much-needed aid during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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