- Nelson Mandela Bay stadium is almost finished being converted into an isolation facility
- The facility will be able to house 400 people and if needs be the field will be used
- The Department of Health will take over the running of the facility after the municipality hands it over
The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is in the process of being converted into an isolation facility and work is almost complete. The facility will be able to accommodate 50 patients from this weekend.
Deputy director-general of health Dr Litha Matiwane said that 50 beads are already available and more will come. Nelson Mandela Bay is the epicentre of the outbreak in the province.
He said the isolation facility would be used to house low-risk patients.
“So here we will have people who are not symptomatic or people who are maybe waiting for results, so that we can keep them from spreading the virus. If any of them show symptoms, then they get moved to a hospital but this is just for the 14-day isolation and we will only have one or two nurses,” Matiwane said.
Bay acting mayor Thsonono Buyeye has to hand the facility over to the Department of Health and once that is done it would be the department's responsibility according to the Herald Live.
“We are just supporting the department. They will take over and make sure the facility meets the health standards and requirements,” Buyeye said.
He said the concerns from the community over what would happen to those who tested positive had created a sense of urgency.
“We hope we have made a meaningful contribution and we would love to do more for the community. This pandemic has forced us to act and do things differently and make some unpopular decisions because there is no way we can take normal processes based on the pressure we are under,” Buyeye said.
Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) spokesperson Luvuyo Bangazi has explained that two floors of the stadium had been cordoned off for the isolation sites with each level being able to house 200 beds.
In the event that there are not enough beds there is a backup plan which involves erected a marquee on the field.
Each room holds 3 beds, the toilets are scattered throughout the floors and 16 showers will be set up.
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