- Dr Deveshni Govender has opened a clinic in a community hall in Durban to treat Covid-19 positive patients
- Dr Govender runs the day clinic with the help of other staff from Monday to Friday in the Chatsworth area
- There are certain criteria that need to be met to be treated at the clinic and the clinic works through bookings only
A Durban doctor has set up a makeshift clinic to treat Covid-19 positive patients. Dr Diveshni Govender opened the clinic at the Havenside Community Hall in Chatsworth to treat patients free of charge.
Chatsworth is a township in Durban that's been noted as a Covid-19 hotspot. Dr Govender, with the help of two nurses, an admin clerk and cleaner run the clinic from Monday to Friday. The clinic offers day facility care and is run on donations.
There are certain criteria that need to be met for patients to access the facility. These include a positive Covid-19 test result, difficulty breathing, oxygen saturation of 85% to 92% and difficulty tolerating oral fluids.
A report by IOL stated that a business also sponsors meals for patients to take home for lunch after receiving treatment in the morning. The facility contains 15 beds and according to Govender, they can see up to 30 patients a day.
Rising Sun reported that the clinic is run by appointments only and bookings are done through WhatsApp.
In similar news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on a doctor who offers free oxygen to patients who can't afford treatment. Dr Sunil Bissoon does not believe that patients should be turned away if they cannot afford the life-saving oxygen treatment.
“I don't have the heart to sell air to the breathless,” said Dr Sunil Bissoon.
He has made it clear that he believes human life is valuable and people's inability to afford to pay for oxygen should not be a reason to turn them away. Bissoon has been giving patients free oxygen therapy treatments to help them overcome Covid-19 complications according to Highway Mail.
At the moment, Bissoon is offering 45-minute oxygen therapy sessions and his practice is operating with eight oxygen tanks.
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