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WC govt more than doubles its stock of PPEs for health workers

Last week, 30 emergency medical services paramedics in Khayelitsha went on strike demanding an adequate supply of protective gear.

FILE: Western Cape Premier Alan Winde. Picture: Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Department of Health has more than doubled personal protective equipment (PPE) stock for medical staff.

Health workers who have been battling the coronavirus pandemic have been complaining about the lack of PPEs.

Last week, 30 emergency medical services paramedics in Khayelitsha went on strike demanding an adequate supply of protective gear.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde on Wednesday said the province now had R102 million worth of stocks on hand with more on order.

He said the department had developed a dashboard that allowed them to track the stock holding of each type of PPE.

So, as the equipment is used, new orders are received.

“We are moving up from the last report of over R40,000 worth of stock now, we’re more than doubling it to make the figure a little bit easier as we are preparing for the peak,” said Winde.

He said full PPE kits were provided to medical personnel conducting COVID-19 tests and those treating positive patients.

Community healthcare workers received cloth masks and aprons for their work in the field when dealing with non-coronavirus cases, and surgical masks for those working with COVID-19 related cases.

SAPS MANAGEMENT GEAR UP AGAINST COVID-19

Police management in the Western Cape on Wednesday said they had also stocked up on PPE for members on the frontline enforcing COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

Police service in the province said they even had reserve stock should they experience delays with deliveries.

Police management presented these and other figures to the Western Cape Legislature on Wednesday.

The police’s Preston Voskuil said they followed strict guidelines.

“We’ve set a minimum standard, members must have access to a minimum of two masks per shift, two sets of gloves per shift, and 100ml of hand sanitiser for a 12-hour shift. We have sufficient PEEs measures for all our police stations,” Voskuil said.

He said the minimum standards ensured officers always remained equipped.

Voskuils added that they tried to keep stock levels that could last for at least seven days.

For official information about COVID-19 from the Department of Health, please click here.