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Limpopo unveils high care facility for COVID-19 patients

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Limpopo Premier, Chupu Mathabatha officially opened a COVID-19 high care facility in Modimolle, Waterberg district on Thursday.

Premier Mathabatha  [pictured above] was accompanied by  provincial Health MEC, Dr. Phophi Ramathuba, and Mayor of Modimolle-Mookgophong Municipality Marlene Van Staden.

Mathabatha said the facility will accommodate patients who contracted COVID-19, and need to be hospitalised.

“We have prepared  97 beds for COVID-19 patients, and it will use 27 of the 89 beds for those who need ventilators. All other beds are suitable for those that require high flow oxygen,” Mathabatha said.

Mathabatha said that although the province has a baseline of 54 Intensive Care Unit beds as part of the surge plan, the number of high care beds will increase to 310.

“The province has 32 beds in the Pietersburg Hospital in Polokwane, and the Modimolle MDR TB Hospital has now been remodeled to allow advanced, and intensive care when needed,” said Mathabatha.

He said the facility is a legacy project, adding that after the COVID-19 pandemic, the  government will use the hospital for tropical diseases.

Tropical disease is any native illness that mainly occurs in a specific area.

The Premier said: “As we prepare more patients for hospitalization, this facility will reduce the burden on our other hospitals to deal with those  who require high levels of care.”

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