Minister Mkhize, MEC Masuku go to Nasrec discipline hospital – SABC Information

The much-vaunted Nasrec discipline hospital solely began working 10 days in the past because of a handful of docs who lobbied for donations and labored their networks to search out volunteers.

The hospital, which was showcased to the media three months in the past was till then a warehouse with hospital beds extra suited to a quarantine web site.

On Monday Well being Minister Zweli Mkhize together with MEC Bandile Masuku visited the hospital and praised workers and volunteers for his or her stellar work.

“We negotiated with Nasrec, with the federal government that you just’ve received empty beds let’s make them oxygen beds at this time. We’ll assist you do this, we’ll get the general public to donate cash. We’ll purchase the oxygen concentrators, we’ll get volunteers right here and we’ll begin operating a shift and doing all that, and that each one began final week Thursday,” says volunteer Dr. Lynn Wilkinson.

She says the place was extra of a quarantine web site than a hospital. However all that is turning round because of the general public. “ So we known as for volunteers final week Thursday,  we known as for cash final week Friday, Saturday we had been in right here with 100 concentrators purchased by the general public. Monday we obtained our first sufferers. Now we’ve received 20, the rate-limiting issue has been the ambulances which have been a catastrophe for us.”

Dr. Bandile Masuku on Gauteng Well being readiness for COVID-19 peak: 

Entry to ambulances 

Wilkinson says they’ve little to no entry to ambulances that are generally wanted to move sufferers between hospitals. The Nasrec facility additionally has no medicine on web site.

Wilkinson says her staff met with Mkhize and Masuku to stipulate their issues and they’re optimistic that assistance is at hand. The drastic intervention by the workers and the general public, fly within the face of Masuku’s feedback, calling the power a discipline hospital, and even a flagship challenge. Masuku did nonetheless admit to a glitch concerning the ambulance system.

“So, this is without doubt one of the issues we wish to do to guarantee that Nasrec turns into totally practical,  capability, we’re doing fairly effectively with stress, with stress, challenges nothing is easy. We simply have to have the ability to reply and in real-time in regards to the challenges that come up. “


One of many volunteers is Dr Lesidi Motsatsi from Rustenburg. He usually works with the Thuthuzela Rape Disaster Centre however he additionally volunteers on the hospital.

He says he’s volunteering at Nasrec now in anticipation of what may occur in Rustenburg. “I do know that we’re going to become involved in Rustenburg, we’re going to get to the stage Gauteng is at.  So we’re considering of organising one thing like this so I believed I’ll get some expertise serving to out. “


Seageng Maebaneng is without doubt one of the first sufferers on the hospital. He says for greater than three days, he skilled signs reminiscent of a headache, a decent chest, and one facet of his face received swollen.

Solely when he began dropping his sense of odor and style did he go for a check and self-isolate. He says the toughest factor for him was having a persistent headache for 10 days.

“(The) Hardest factor was the headache. I used to be ingesting two panado, two disprin on the similar time and it’ll nonetheless be there. I believe headache I’ve it for 10 days.”

Well being Minister Zweli Mkhize says he’s glad that Gauteng is ready for the surge in infections anticipated subsequent month, nonetheless, he has warned that Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal nonetheless wanted to stabilise.