Coronavirus: Gift of the Givers sets up subsidised testing centres

Coronavirus: Gift of the Givers sets up subsidised testing centres

- Gift of the Givers has been assisting the healthcare industry in various ways

- The charity organisation is subsidising the cost of testing for the Covid-19 virus

- The cost at the subsidised testing centres is only R750 compared to the R1 500 charged at private facilities

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The Gift of the Givers is helping to curb the threat of the coronavirus in a big way by setting up medical testing centres.

The charity organisation has been providing medical equipment and protective clothing to various state hospitals in Gauteng.

GOTG will also be launching two new testing sites in Vereeniging and Durban later this week.

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While the cost of Covid-19 at a private facility could easily amount to R1 500, learnt that the cost is only R750 at one of the subsidised sites.

Through their partnership with Vuma Mobile, GOTG has created an app to assist healthcare facilities and professionals alike.

IOL reported on the wide range of equipment supplied by the organisation and Dr Imtiaz Sooliman shed light on their funding.

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Dr Imtiaz Sooliman said, "Chris Hani Baragwanath, Raheema Moosa and Helen Joseph Hospitals have requested tents, protective wear and consumables. They want these tents OUTSIDE the existing hospital infrastructure to reduce risk to the other patients who may be immunocompromised. We have funded this already at 700 000 per month. Installation tomorrow."

Earlier, reported on the 21-day lockdown announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Based on the reaction via social media, South Africans are appreciative of the president's decisive approach to the threat.

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