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EC DPWI uses alternative building technology to construct new wards

To date 85 awards amounting to R599.01 million have been made to EC based contractors for the refurbishment of 49 health facilities across the province for Covid-19 purposes

To date 85 awards amounting to R599.01 million have been made to EC based contractors for the refurbishment of 49 health facilities across the province for Covid-19 purposes.
To date 85 awards amounting to R599.01 million have been made to EC based contractors for the refurbishment of 49 health facilities across the province for Covid-19 purposes.

With the Eastern Cape not spared the Covid-19 pandemic, the department of public works and infrastructure (DPWI) has had to usealternative building technology to construct new wards and renovate others.

\This has ensured that the provincial government meets the demand stemming from the expected surgeon confirmed coronavirus numbers.

The provincial government has diverted funds from other priorities to Covid-19 programmes that the DPWI and the department of health believe will help flatten the curve. While the health department deals with the clinical side of the pandemic, the DPWI, as the custodian and implementing agent of the provincial government, has had to ensure the infrastructure meets health standards.

It's very important that we keep tabs of what is happening on the ground so that where there are bottlenecks we can help unlock them

This includes ensuring quarantine and isolation facilities and hospital beds for Covid-19 patients are ready.

To ensure the provincial government is ready for the peak of the global health pandemic which is expected to hit SA in late August or in September, the DPWI is not leaving anything to chance.

This, as the DPWI has embarked on a process to ensure more beds were available for Covid-19 patients, especially in hotspot areaslike Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

Over and above the hospitals, isolation and quarantine facilities and the Reverend Dr Elizabeth Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni Field Hospital in Port Elizabeth, the provincial government is converting the parking bay at Livingstone Hospital into new wards. While DPWI MEC Babalo Madikizela said they were hoping there would be no need for more hospital beds, he said they could not be caught napping.

As a result, the DPWI invested R11.6m into converting the parking bays into a 73 bed ward for Covid-19 patients.

The area has been divided into two wards. Ward A will admit 40 patients and includes a nurses' station, a clean utility room, a medical supply store and linen. Ward B will have 33 beds and has its own nurses station.

The ward will here will have a kitchen, change rooms and ablutions facilities for both staff and patients. There is also mechanical and electrical installations to be done.

We have to move with speed and complete these projects so that people who need to be admitted are admitted

During an oversight visit to the Bay and Sarah Baartman district, the MEC visited projects where hospitals are being refurbished. Renovations to Humansdorp, Joubertina and Midlands hospitals have been completed while work continues at five other projects in the district.

In Nelson Mandela Bay, the MEC visited Osmond Hospital in Uitenhage, Dora Nginza, Empilweni in New Brighton and Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth to ascertain if the projects were on schedule.

Madikizela said they could not afford to have a situation where people might need to be hospitalised with the provincial government unable to meet the demand.
“It's very important that we keep tabs of what is happening on the ground so that where there are bottlenecks we can help unlock them.

“We have to move with speed and complete these projects so that people who need to be admitted are admitted,” he said.

With the Eastern Cape not sparedthe Covid-19 pandemic, the department of public works and infrastructure (DPWI) has had to use alternative building technology to construct new wards and renovate others. This has ensured that the provincial government meets the demand stemming from the expected surge in con



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