All systems go at JST
Rustenburg – A total of 600 beds in two public hospitals in Rustenburg and Moses Kotane will be specifically reserved for COVID-19 patients as part of measures by the North West Department of Health to manage the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shimankana Tabane (JST) Hospital, as well as Rustenburg Town Clinic, are being upgraded to accommodate 400 beds while Moses Kotane Hospital will be remodelled to accommodate the other 200.
The beds will be utilised by people who are unable to isolate at home as well as patients suspected to have contracted COVID-19.
North West Department of Health administrator Jeanette Hunter, who visited JST on Saturday 11 July, was satisfied with the progress of the upgrades so far. “The remodelling is now at an advanced stage. We will be able to accommodate patients in the coming weeks. Post COVID-19, the wards will be repurposed as gynaecology wards."
The department is grateful for the support it has received from mining companies based in Rustenburg as it intensifies its efforts to contain COVID-19.
“The province is responding to COVID-19 at all levels. All the districts are now implementing a ward-based screening and a contact tracing programme,” provincial health MEC Madoda Sambatha said.
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