PREMIER WELCOMES SCREENING AND TESTING VEHICLES FROM GLOBAL HEALTH INNOVATION, DURBAN, 29 APRIL 2020
MEC for Health in KZN, Ms Nomagugu Zulu;
The Director-General of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Nonhlanhla Mkhize;
Members of the KZN Command Team on Covid-19;
Representatives of Global Health Innovation;
Chairman of Concerned Citizens COVID-19, Mr Rajendra Balmakhun;
Chief Executive of Chroma Capital, Mr Mahendren Moodley;
Representatives of Nedbank, Spar, Chroma, and other sponsors;
Business Leaders and partners of Concerned Citizens Covid-19;
Esteemed Members of the Press;
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen;
Good morning and thank you all for joining us this morning to witness the province of KwaZulu-Natal receive vehicles that will be used in the testing of COVID-19 across the length and breadth of KwaZulu-Natal; and thanks to Global Health Innovation and the leadership of “Concerned Citizens” and their business partners.
We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Global Health Innovation Group who are today practically responding to the call to partner with government as we continue to wage a winnable war against the spread of Covid-19.
We are at the most challenging period in our country’s history where an invisible enemy, Covid -19, a health crisis like no other, is threatening the wellbeing and livelihoods of all South Africans.
This is a time for collective action and for each and every one of us to play our part. We will triumph in this demanding war only by working together.
This is time for solidarity and support as demonstrated today by the support we are receiving from the GHI group.
This is a group of private sector businesses under the umbrella of the Concerned Citizens Covid -19.
The GHI group includes academics and medical professionals who have come together to augment the efforts of the Government in fighting the Covid 19 pandemic in our province.
We appreciate and acknowledge the assistance from our partners in the private sector.
It is encouraging to observe that even in a time of crisis, the goodwill and support among our partners remains strong.
This partnership will provide 10 Mobile vehicles to the Province of KwaZulu-Natal for deployment in the screening and testing campaign that is currently being rolled-out in all the district within the province.
Each mobile unit will consist of the following:
1. A Driver
2. A Nurse
3. A Healthcare Screener /Administrator
4. Provision of test kits and swabs
5. Sample collection and analysis
• This will help improve the turnaround time and ensure that we cover a lot of ground in screening and testing of our citizens.
As the province of KwaZulu-Natal we are working hard to arrest the spread of the virus especially in areas such as Ethekwini and iLembe Districts where we are recording the highest rate of new infections.
It is envisaged that each mobile unit could do approximately 120 swabs a day based on a 6 hour day. It is envisaged that these teams will operate a 5 day week for a month.
We have learned that each vehicle can conduct 2,400 tests per month.
This will improve significantly our testing capacity. We thank the GHI group for their contribution in saving our nation.
These much needed vehicles and personnel to test is at the heart of the World Health Organisation and our government’s strategy to arrest the spread of the virus and defeat it.
This day will be remembered as one that marked a turning point in the provincial fight against COVID-19. We hope that future generations will remember it as a day of demonstrating solidarity in action.
As Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, we wish to convey our deepest sense of gratitude to the Global Health Innovation, the “Concerned Citizens COVID-19” and their generous sponsors for answering the call to serve the people of KwaZulu-Natal.
These assets belong to all the people of KwaZulu-Natal. We expect them to guard them jealously so that they may also benefit future generations long after COVID-19 has been defeated. They are part of the foundation for the reconstruction and development of our province and their sight must bring much hope and relief to the people of KZN.
Founding President Nelson Mandela would have been very proud to witness this profound act of patriotism and nation building.
Addressing the world at Trafalgar Square in 2005, President Mandela said: “Do not look the other way; do not hesitate. Recognise that the world is hungry for action, not words. Act with courage and vision.”
Thank you again for acting with courage and vision in this great hour of need for the people of KwaZulu-Natal and our country.
Together, Let Us Create Our Common Future and Grow KwaZulu-Natal
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