Today I have written to Gauteng Premier, David Makhura to question the level of readiness of the province to deal with its own 2nd wave of infections.
Despite Gauteng having relatively modest infection numbers over the past few weeks, experts are clear that the return of many travellers back into the Province in January will cause a spike of infections. Already I am informed that hospitals in the City of Johannesburg are either full to capacity or approaching their limits. This factor, along with the highly populated nature of Gauteng, suggest that we may face a level of infections that would far exceed any other province in the country, resulting in a healthcare crisis.
It is alarming that in the face of regular national government communication, our Gauteng Provincial Government and Metros are largely silent on measures taken to ready the Province.
Specifically, the questions for which I have sought answers from the Premier include:
There is no question that to save every citizen’s life, all spheres of government will need to contribute significantly to addressing capacity requirements. This is why the relative silence by the Provincial Government and Metro Councils is deeply concerning.
ActionSA will now be allocating personnel to monitor all clinics and hospitals in the Province, by engaging with patients and medical professionals to assess the critical questions of capacity and equipment.
We continue to plead with all Gauteng residents to appreciate the severity of the pandemic, especially over the next few weeks, and for every possible preventative measure to be taken to safeguard the lives of our loved ones, neighbours and co-workers.