Amanda Watson
News Editor
2 minute read
14 May 2021
3:51 pm

Third wave is here, so why is SA sending ventilators to India?

Amanda Watson

Nehawu is not happy about the donation of ventilators to India, but the government assures everything is under control.

Nurses set up new ventilators at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg. Picture: Neil McCartney

As the Sars-Cov-2 virus continues to ravage India, which is fast approaching 4 million active cases, South Africa will be donating ventilators to help in its efforts to prevent deaths. The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) isn’t happy about the donations. “While numbers have been skyrocketing the government and the Department of Health have been closing temporary treatment facilities, the vaccination programme is very slow and there is no indication of ramping up the acquisition of ventilators, oxygen and extra beds in preparation for the third wave,” Nehawu spokesperson Khaya Xaba said in a statement yesterday. Speaking...