SANDF deploys more health personnel to Eastern Cape

File: Members of the SANDF will be mandated to support and work with the National Department of Health in managing the virus.

File: Members of the SANDF will be mandated to support and work with the National Department of Health in managing the virus.

AFP/Marco Longari

PORT ELIZABETH - The South African Military Health Service has deployed more doctors, nurses and Operational Emergency Care Practitioners to the Eastern Cape.

This as the province experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases.

READ: COVID-19: SANDF medical teams to be deployed to ECape

Both public and private hospitals are battling an increase in patients and a decrease in staff numbers as COVID-19 takes a deadly toll on overstretched health workers.

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane last week called for medical reinforcements.

READ: COVID-19: Eastern Cape premier calls for medical reinforcements

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday extended the deployment of 20,000 SANDF members.

The troops will remain in service until the end of September 2020.

READ: SA lockdown: Ramaphosa extends army deployment​​​​​​​

During this period, and until the virus is brought under control, members of the SANDF will be mandated to support and work with the National Department of Health in managing the virus.

The department will provide field hospitals, medical screening and quarantine facilities.

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