Thanks to the co-operation of Sister Phumla Mnyanda who is the CEO at Bisho Hospital, the provincial health department and
the Gift of the Givers team, medical staff who have been living in guest houses in Bhisho will be moving into the new doctor’s accommodation facility at Bisho Hospital during the week.
Towards the end of last year, the NGO turned a rundown storage unit into a modern living space, completing the R3m project in only a month to offer healthcare workers a welcoming and comfortable home from home as they work to save lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The hospital had been losing out on interns, community service doctors and senior medical personnel in the absence of suitable accommodation on site. The project follows a specialised 120-bed Covid facility the NGO set up at the hospital last year.
“Gift of the Givers set up a dedicated Covid-19 facility at the hospital, providing beds, mattresses, pillows, linen, high-flow nasal oxygen machines, CPAP machines, scrubs, non-contact thermometers, pulse oximeters and general PPEs. The extra bed capacity required the deployment of additional staff,” said Ali Sablay Gift of the Givers representative.
An additional building is being considered for refurbishment to increase staff capacity as the second wave of Covid-19 continues to infect people and claim lives.
On the other hand, as more cases are reported each day, the health department has requested CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure therapy) machines for many more hospitals in the province as it commissions an oxygen upgrade to several of its facilities. Both an adequate supply of oxygen and oxygen delivery machines are crucial to saving lives during the second wave.
Gift of the Givers has already delivered 2,000 CPAP machines, valued at R25m, to six provinces around the country, and requests for the next thousand are pouring in, the NGO said.