R500k spent on each Covid patient at Nasrec field hospital, says DA

- Allegations of corruption have surfaced over the run-up costs of the Nasrec Field Hospital

- The hospital cost a total of R350 million to set up in Gauteng treat Covid-19 patients

- However, thus far only 700 patients have been admitted which amounts to about R500 000 per patient

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has raised its concerns over the operational status of Gauteng's Nasrec field hospital.

The facility was built to treat Covid-19 patients when the deadly virus first broke out in South Africa. The field hospital was set up to deal with a wave of coronavirus cases.

However, according to figures produced by the Blues in Gauteng, the operational costs of the facility is insanely high.

The South African reported the hospital cost a whopping R350 million in total to set up and thus far, only 700 patients have been admitted. This amounts up to about R500 000 per patient.

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The facility was commissioned on 15 June and since opening its doors, only 604 patients were admitted for quarantine and isolation.

The rest of the 96 patients were given intermediate care, which includes the use of oxygen.

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health Jack Bloom called the Nasrec field hospital a "colossal waste of money."

He was quoted saying:

"The quarantine patients could easily have been accommodated at hotels, and private hospitals could have been paid to treat the 96 patients who required intermediate care.”

Bloom added that the hospital was just another reason why suspended Health MEC Bandile Masuku should be sacked.

South Africans have since reacted to some of the alleged costs the field hospital procured.

Twitter user, @flatline_now, commented:

"Could have got a king size with memory foam at that price."

Jeremy Bearimy, who goes by the Twitter handle @Kgothatso, added:

"A wall clock for R450, is it a special medical clock that indicates pill times?"
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Social media user, @ntsekisang, wrote:

"WTF? Drip stand R1 200, bedside locker R2 500, scale to monitor weight and height R3 500. This is pure corruption."

In other news, Briefly.co.za earlier reported Bheki Cele has warned that the off-site sale of booze on Heritage Day is not permitted.

The Police Minister said restaurants, bars and other licensed premises would face the wrath of the law should they not adhere to the lockdown Level 1 rules.

Under Level 1, off-site alcohol sales are permitted from Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 5pm. However, weekends and public holidays are excluded, meaning that even though Heritage Day falls on a Thursday, off-site booze sales are prohibited.

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