Mabuza to visit all 9 provinces to assess Covid-19 readiness

Mabuza to visit all 9 provinces to assess Covid-19 readiness

- Deputy President David Mabuza will be visiting all nine provinces soon to assess the readiness of the provincial health infrastructure

- Mabuza's visit is part on the ongoing government initiative to flatten the curve of the coronavirus infection rate

- Mabuza will visit Mangaung, which is the epicentre of the Covid-19 infections in the Free State province

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South Africa's Deputy President David Mabuza will be heading to the Free State on Friday to visit Mangaung, which is the epicentre of the Covid-19 virus in the province.

Mabuza will be visiting all the provinces as part of the decision taken by the National Coronavirus Command Council for President Cyril Ramaphosa and his deputy to visit all nine provinces.

The heads of government will be assessing each province's state of readiness in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Ramaphosa and Mabuza will also focus on the state of readiness of provincial health infrastructure in responding to the pandemic and the extent of the reach of economic and social Covid-19 relief measures to those that these interventions are intended for.

As it stands, the Free State has 322 cases, with nine deaths and 122 recoveries. The visit is the continuation of government's efforts to flatten the curve.

Mabuza will be joined by Premier Sisi Ntombela and they will visit the provincial Health Command Centre, the Universitas Hospital, which has been designated as the provincial centre for isolation and treatment of people infected with Covid-19.

The deputy president will also address newly-recruited nurses and social workers employed to support the implementing of the provincial Covid-19 response plan.

Unemployed nurse Molefi Moshane is part of a group of unemployed nurses who are hopeful that Mabuza will come up with strategies for the provincial department of health to hire them.

Moshane said the government needs to stop speaking about looking for nurses but instead check the health department databases that will show all qualified nurses who are unemployed. Moshane adds that some of the nurses have even gone for interviews.

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