DA launches online platform to link Government and local manufacturers with PPE
The Democratic Alliance has launched an online service on Sunday, 5 April 2020, to link local manufacturers that produce personal protective equipment, (PPE), ventilators and other much-needed resources, with national and provincial governments in an attempt to resource South Africa’s healthcare facilities with life-saving equipment.
The political party says that several reports not only indicate chronic shortages of PPE, but also other essential resources such as testing and screening equipment across the country for frontline health professionals.
In the spirit of working together with the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, in the valiant fight against this pandemic, the DA said it wrote to the Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, last week to make proposals for dealing with, what they call, ‘’catastrophic shortage’’.
The opposition party has called on the Health Ministry to bring together manufacturing companies and give them the brief on the products that are most needed, have these approved by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and roll them out to provinces and facilities that need it most.
The DA commended government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, but however, said that in order to beat COVID-19, government needs to protect front-line staff in the process.
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