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Volkswagen hands over first phase of Covid-19 Temporary Medical Facility in South Africa

Auto News - Published on Thu, 25 Jun 2020

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Seven weeks after the initial announcement of the company’s plans to provide a temporary medical facility for Covid-19 patients, Volkswagen Group South Africa handed over the first phase of this project to the Eastern Cape Department of Health.

VWSA announced on 5 May that they would make their former Port Elizabeth plant, situated in Neave, available as an overflow facility to provide care for those diagnosed with Covid-19. With funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, VWSA has since completed the first phase of equipping this facility, which can now accommodate 1 485 patients including high-acuity patients who require oxygenation. Once the second and third phases are complete, in accordance with the Department of Health’s standard operating procedures for field hospitals the facility could accommodate more than 3 300 beds for patients.

The conversion of this 66 000 square meters building is the result of collaboration between VWSA, Eastern Cape Department of Health, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. The funding was provided by the BMZ and a performance framework for the project was developed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH. The Business Chamber assisted in facilitating the project, while the Department of Health will be responsible for running the facility, with support from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

Aside from managing the process of equipping the facility, VWSA’s role included sourcing funding of 5.2 million Euros for the facility, as well as the procurement of protective gear for staff at regional tertiary hospitals, regional Primary Care Clinics and Covid-19 test centres.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 25 Jun 2020
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