FS Health ready to take in citizens from China


The Free State Department of Health is ready to accommodate any South Africans that may be returned from China by Pres Cyril Ramaphosa. This is according to spokesperson Mondli Mvambi after the President announced yesterday that he has directed the repatriation of South African citizens from China.

About 62 of the citizens who may be returned are students studying in the area. Mvambi explained that should this happen, there would be a 21-day quarantine period for people coming from the Asian country in order to control the fatal COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus.

“The Department is ready for when any of the repatriated citizens will be heading towards the province. The Department would surely be central to the planning process which would include a quarantine processes for about 21 days as per the statement issued by the Presidency,” he said.

A section of Pelonomi Hospital has been prepared for use during any such circumstances. “Any decision to quarantine will be communicated by the Presidency and National Department of Health. As the Free State, we are ready for any eventuality. We had prepared Pelonomi Hospital for any need of treatment of patients in isolation,” said the spokesperson.

More than 2500 people have reportedly died from the Coronavirus in China and other parts of the world, although about 32 000 have recovered from the virus. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za