The Gauteng government is looking to have at least 10,000 beds to cater for patients with COVID-19. President Cyril Ramaphosa, together with the provincial government, visited several sites identified as COVID-19 facilities in Gauteng. Premier David Makhura briefed the media outside the Charlotte Maxeke hospital on Friday.
“We shared with the president that at the moment we have 8,400 beds that are ready both in the private and public sector and we are going to add more beds, which will take us to 10,000 beds. We are adding those beds in our existing facilities, including here at Charlotte Maxeke, particularly ICU beds that will be used for COVID-19″, said Makhura.
He says the provincial health care system is being prepared to handle an increase in the number of patients. We are getting our whole system ready, not just for COVID-19, but for giving good quality healthcare to the people of our province”, added Makhura.
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