Amajuba’s dilapidated district hospital gets a facelift to fight #Covid-19

Amajuba’s dilapidated district hospital gets a facelift to fight #Covid-19KZN Simelane-Zulu Health MEC talking at Niemeyer Hospital at eMadlangeni

A dilapidated native hospital within the rural space of KwaZulu-Natal has been upgraded to take care of the surge in Covid-19 circumstances as lockdown looms.

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A rural hospital within the Amajuba district of  KwaZulu-Natal has been upgraded so as to deal with #Covid-19 sufferers extra successfully.

The Niemeyer Hospital in Utrecht within the eMadlangeni municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal, providers cities and villages within the Amajuba district.

Falling aside

From a dilapidated facility with crumbling infrastructure, and makeshift beds positioned on the corridors, the 80 year-old district hospital has undergone a main transformation in simply six months. It now has 33 brand-new fully-equipped isolation beds, state-of-the-art buildings and different infrastructure; and an improved workers complement – all prepared to deal with sufferers who’ve examined constructive for Covid-19.

“Niemeyer was among the first hospitals that had to be repurposed, soon after confirmation of the country’s first Covid-19 case in March 2020,” Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu as she unveiled the refurbishing. “Its renovation, which started on 08 May 2020 and was completed on 01 October, was done in line with the Department’s approach that each of the province’s 11 districts had to have a designated Covid-19 hospital.”

“We know that  Covid-19 was dangerous for us when it began. But it additionally gave us a chance to enhance our amenities. I’m very excited to be right here immediately, as a result of after I examine what I noticed after I first got here to the power, there’s a large distinction.


Covid-19 stats launched by the Department of Health on tenth December 2020

“Today, we have a grade-A hospital that has proper isolation, and ICU beds. Even the patients are happy to come to this facility, and the clinicians here are quite happy to be working in an environment that looks like this,” mentioned Simelane-Zulu.

She admitted that prior to the refurbish, the hospital was, in her phrases, “falling apart”.

KwaZulu-Natal’s rising Covid-19 circumstances as a trigger for concern for medical consultants within the province with greater than 804 new circumstances reported on ninth December, whereas the overall variety of infections has topped 134 184 with 3 413 deaths.

Stats showing how many people have died of Covid-19

A warning to the group

By 9 December Amajuba District Municipality had registered 7006 confirmed Covid-19 circumstances, whereas 237 individuals have died and 6 742 others recovered. The most important scorching spot stays eThekwini which has recorded 63 481 circumstances, adopted by Umgungundlovu District which registered 17 294 circumstances by the ninth December.

“The President recently spoke about tightening the bolts in one municipality,” mentioned Simelane-Zulu.

“We are not an exception. Should it become clear that we are becoming a hot spot as the Province of KZN, the President will do the same thing to us as a province  where the numbers are increasing  so we are calling on our people to really ensure that they adhere to these regulations.”

Simelane-Zulu pleaded with individuals of the province  adhere to Covid-19 laws. If not, they danger being hit with stricter laws like these not too long ago instituted at Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality within the Eastern Cape. Last week President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the 2 areas hotspots, imposing localised restrictions reminiscent of a curfew.

“We’ve started the festive season, and because we couldn’t hold the majority of activities and community programmes during the year, they’ve been shifted to the December holiday period,” Simelane-Zulu mentioned. “But, unfortunately, if that is not managed properly, there’s a likelihood of them becoming super-spreader events.”

“As a result, we are calling on the community to ensure that they continue to adhere to the protocols such as wearing their face masks; washing their hands regularly, with soap and water and hand sanitiser; and maintain social distancing. We’re calling on our people to adhere to these regulations, because if they don’t, government will have to step in and be stricter,” she warned.—Health-e


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