- More than 100 students from the University of Cape Town have put their hands up to man the Covid-19 hotline
- The call centre is based in the Disaster Management Centre at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town
- The students will work 12-hour shifts to assist the public in the fight against the coronavirus
It needs to be a case of all hands on deck in the fight against the coronavirus.
The nation has been in a state of lockdown and President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to work together during the challenging period.
More than 100 students from the University of Cape Town are doing their bit by volunteering to operate the Covid-19 hotline.
The Disaster Management Centre is housing the call centre within the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town.
Via the university's website, UCT Surgical Society president Savannah Verhage said: “Volunteering for the COVID-19 hotline and offering support where it’s needed is our way of assisting our country in a time of crisis.”
Briefly.co.za learnt that the volunteers will work 12-hour shifts - either 7am to 7pm or from 7pm until 7am.
Verhage added, “It has been heart-warming to see how many students are willing to give up their time to volunteer for 12-hour shifts during this trying time.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that the students have their hands full as each volunteer takes on average between 20 to 40 calls per shift.
However, the volunteers are enjoying the challenges and being able to comfort anxious callers, who fear that they've contracted the virus.
Earlier Briefly.co.za reported that Communication Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams explained that the Health Department has acquired permission to use cellphones to help those infected with the coronavirus to trace and understand who they have been in contact with.
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