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Chris Hani Baragwanath resumes elective surgeries

21 Sep 2020, 04:10 GMT+10

Non-urgent surgeries shut down at state, private hospitals, for now

The provincial health department cancelled elective surgeries in March, around the time President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster in the country to manage Covid-19.

The country went into a hard lockdown to contain the spread of the virus and to get facilities ready to treat those who contracted it.

A total of 7 541 cases were deferred as a result.

Of those, 1 200 were paediatric procedures.

The teaching hospital is one of the busiest in the world and its decision is in line with that of other provinces as well as private facilities.

"Given the alert level that we are moving into, it becomes important that across our facilities we gradually resume those services that were negatively impacted at the height of the coronavirus pandemic," Mamabolo said.

"Other facilities will also be catching up on elective surgeries."

He is standing in for Health MEC Bandile Masuku who had to step aside while an investigation into the procurement of personal protective equipment hastily ordered countrywide is conducted.

The R125 million tender was awarded to the Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko who is married to Ramaphosa's spokesperson, Khusela Diko.

Diko is on a leave of absence while the case is being investigated.

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