: DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS DECISION PERMANENT
Unpredictability of expected third wave of Covid-19 major factor, says expert.
The Gauteng health department decommissioned the 1 000-bed Nasrec Field Hospital at the end of February – a move which includes one of many country’s leading vaccinology experts perplexed.
The potential for a third wave of Covid-19 infections and also the challenge in preparing healthcare facilities is actually a constant way to obtain concern for health departments around the world.
The actual only real constant within the virus’ pattern is change, which leads to a tricky balancing act of bolstering responses while keeping an eye on wasteful expenditure, of which Gauteng has seen plenty into the year that is past.
The department said the decision to close a healthcare facility came because of 4 264 beds being put into the public healthcare system.
This prompted Gauteng health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi to describe the province no more needed seriously to maintain the facility open, as the closure “will not have a major impact in the treating Covid-19 patients”.
The field hospital admitted 1 658 patients since opening in April year that is last.
All financial commitments, materials and equipment found in the field hospital should be repurposed to be used various other healthcare facilities.
However, the closure has raised some eyebrows.
The pinnacle of vaccinology at Wits University and chief investigator regarding the Covid-19 variant, 501Y.V2, Prof Shabir Madhi, said dismantling the facility would be “short-sighted” because no body knows what the following wave will be like.
It right now, that makes sense for financial benefits,” he said“If it’s about a temporary shutdown because too few people need.
But Gauteng health department spokesperson Motalatale Modiba confirmed the field hospital had been permanently closed.
Madhi said two major factors were at play in providing challenges when it comes to prediction regarding the wave that is third of.
The foremost is the mutation of this virus and antibodies connected with all those who have been infected by Sars-CoV-2, or 501Y.V2.
“This is beyond anyone’s ability to plan for.”