Gift of the Givers donates 900 oxygen machines in Eastern Cape

Gift of the Givers donates 900 oxygen machines in Eastern Cape

- The Gift of the Givers has done it again, this time coming to the aid of hospitals in the Eastern Cape

- The province is currently experiencing a surge of Covid-19 infections, with hospitals struggling to keep up with demand

- The group has now donated over 900 oxygen machines to hospitals in the region

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The Gift of the Givers has come to the rescue of Eastern Cape hospitals amid the province's surge of Covid-19 infections.

The group has donated more than 900 oxygen machines as the nation crosses the one million case threshold in the pandemic.

Found Dr Imtiaz Sooliman says that the oxygen machines were designed to the required specifications.


Sooliman was proud of the locally produced machines. Image: Gallo Images / Alet Pretorius
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A number of entities, including the Department of Trade and Industry, had called for proposals earlier this year to design more efficient oxygen delivery.

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The idea of a locally produced machine pleased Sooliman, who commented that:

“We now have a truly South African oxygen delivery machine that suits our current needs, a machine that is essentially mechanical and not electronic, easy to use, non-intimidating, practical and highly effective.

The machine itself was produced by CSIR, approved by SAHPRA and funded by the Solidarity Fund.

“We've tested them with our medical teams and the feedback is unanimous: ‘This machine has assisted us to save lives as we had no other options’."

The founder encouraged hospitals in need to reach out to the organisation in order to obtain assistance.

Meanwhile, reported that Premier Alan Winde says that he will be calling for tighter Covid-19 restrictions when he meets with the President's Coordinating Council this afternoon.

The DA politician has confirmed that the meeting, which is chaired by Cyril Ramaphosa himself, will take place on Monday afternoon.

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Winde insists that he is behind the tightening of regulations in the face of SA's second wave of infections:

"We will be meeting with the PCC at 2pm today [Monday 28 December]. I will be asking for further restrictions because we have to save that frontline. We have to save that hospital system."

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