File: Members of the SANDF will be mandated to support and work with the National Department of Health in managing the virus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Help protect your loved ones by sharing this official South African government COVID-19 service with your family, friends and community.
Send HI to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp.
The NICD has another Clinician Hotline to improve #COVID19 communication and support for healthcare providers. The Clinician Hotline is 0800 11 1131, operating 24 hrs. The Public Hotline is 0800 029 999 also operating 24hrs.