COVID-19 in SA: Looking back at the Hospital of Hope

The CTICC is well-known for hosting huge conferences, banquets and of course the annual Cape Town International Jazz festival. Just under a year ago, the centre was transformed into a fully equipped field hospital. The centre became known as the Hospital of Hope. eNCA's Ayesha Ismail reports. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - It’s been a year since the first COVID-19 patient was diagnosed in South Africa.

In the first 100 days of lockdown, the Western Cape was able to turn the Cape Town International Convention Centre into a world-class COVID-19 field hospital, dubbed the Hospital of Hope.

It was done within just six weeks, despite the province once being the epicentre of the coronavirus in the country.

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Duncan Rendall says the health department’s technology team procured all the beds and equipment in record time, all during Level 5 of the lockdown.

“A lot of time, not much sleep but it was an amazing collaborative effort between the CTICC themselves, the sub-contracted exhibition builder, our clinical team who gave us all the information regarding the layout," said Rendall.

More than 1,500 patients were treated here before the doors were closed last year.

* eNCA's Ayesha Ismail reports.


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