The South African Government have announced their plans to “ramp” up the efforts to get protective gear to health workers on the front line.
Previously The Business for South Africa Public Health Workgroup had put out a bulletin to for businesses to help in the efforts to diverting their stock to the national disaster efforts “We appeal to all South African businesses, whether large or small, to unlock their stocks in the best national interest.”
Around the world, there is a demand for PPE and right now it’s being sold to the highest bidder or the stocks have already been sold out making it difficult for countries to get the stock required. China produces a large percentage of the protective gear and due to the outbreak in Wuhan, their production capacity is still lagging behind which is having a knock-on effect worldwide.
To fight the virus effectively it’s an utmost requirement for those on the frontline to be protected if medical personnel become infected with the virus they can easily spread it onto those that are currently negative for COVID-19.
Health Deputy Minister Joe Phaahla said due to weaker Rand which is seen to be plummeting against foreign currencies is also causing delays when sourcing the required goods.
“The department is working with the Department of Trade and Industry and the National Treasury. We have also brought in partnerships from organised business to make sure that these matters are addressed. We are very confident, having identified what are the key equipment, who are the key suppliers, working together with business,” said Phaahla.
“We can assure the nation that this matter is being addressed and we will start to see a lot of improvement in the coming week,” he said.