Mediclinic donates PPE to FS Health

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Mediclinic Southern Africa handed over Personal Protective Equipment valued at over R1 million to the Free State Department of Health last week. From the left are: Free State Department of Health Head of Department, Dr David Matau; Premier Sisi Ntombela; Operations Executive of Mediclinic Central Region Frikkie Burger; and MEC of Health Montseng Tsiu.

Mediclinic Southern Africa handed over much needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the value of about R1 600 000 to the Free State Department of Health.

The PPE was procured by Mediclinic but is now in excess of their requirements, creating the ideal opportunity to assist the Department of Health in this province.

“In previous years, our partnership with Mediclinic has included assistance to address surgical backlogs as well as provision of equipment. The provision of the PPE during a time where our hospitals are under constant pressure to maintain safe, quality care is thus most welcome.

“It is fortunate that they were able to procure high quality PPE at the onset of the pandemic, which they are now able to share with us. It is important now more than ever that we work together to meet the healthcare challenges facing our region,” said MEC of Health Montseng Tsiu.

The PPE includes coveralls as well as KN95 respirators, both of which are known to meet the strict quality requirements Mediclinic sets for their providers.

“In a country that is still working together to fight the pandemic, this is just a small measure of the assistance we are able to bring to our partners in healthcare. The Free State province has experienced a large number of infections, but the public and private sectors have managed the demands on our facilities with professionalism and with courage.

“If we can recognise the important work being done by all healthcare workers – providing PPE is probably the most practical and valuable way to do so,” said Operations Executive of Mediclinic Central Region Frikkie Burger.

“We are happy that the MEC and Free State Department of Health were open to us when we approached them with this offer, which is a definite indication that a strong working relationship is the key to providing quality healthcare in the province,” he added.

Industry Affairs Executive for Mediclinic Southern Africa Bob Govender, emphasised the importance of sharing expertise between all levels of the healthcare industry.

“Doctors, academics and other experts have worked together to create a climate that allows for the best possible treatment of patients. Mediclinic is proud to be associated with this donation – a simple gesture of mutual respect and appreciation,” he concluded.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele

nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za