DA welcomes partial reopening of Joburg hospital

The DA welcomes Premier David Makhura’s announcement today that parts of the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital will be reopened, starting with the Cancer unit on Monday 28 June.

According to Makhura, sections 1 and 2 of the hospital are structurally safe, as well as parts of sections 3 and 5, but section 4 is severely fire-damaged.

I hope that the hospital’s ICU beds are made functional as soon as possible as they are desperately needed to save lives as a tsunami of Covid-19 cases flood Gauteng hospitals.

Questions remain as to why the hospital could not have been opened earlier, but I am immensely relieved that a way has been found to enable the hospital to save lives during this terrible epidemic.

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