Today KZN Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu announced Clairwood Hospital as the latest addition to the province's quarantine and isolation centres.
The MEC was joined by joined by Head of Department Dr Sandile Tshabalala and representatives of organized labour. She said the COVID - 19 facility, which was refurbished in just two months, will enable 154 patients to be isolated and about 40 to be quarantined.
It also has technological advancements such as doors programmed to only permit entry for people with an appropriate temperature and who are wearing a mask; as well as a wash bay to sanitise ambulances immediately after dropping off COVID - 19 patients.
MEC Simelane-Zulu said: "Although we are also investing in field hospitals that will be placed in several venues such as the Pietermaritzburg Royal Show grounds and the Durban Exhibition Centre, renovating our own facilities was a must so that our facilities are useful for even after the pandemic. We also want to make sure that our facilites meet National Health Insurance (NHI) requirements so that they can be accredited."
The MEC also announced the recruitment of thousands of various categories of employees who will work in COVID - 19 wards for the next six months, and possibly beyond.
Issued by the KZN Department of Health