Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
4 minute read
5 Mar 2021
3:00 pm

Closing Nasrec field hospital before third wave ‘short-sighted’

Nica Richards

Prof Madhi warns the return of mass gatherings, along with upcoming events like the Easter weekend, pose a massive threat with herd immunity still a long way off.

Health workers are seen at the Nasrec Field Hospital for Covid-19 on 25 January 2021. Picture: Michel Bega

The Gauteng health department has prepared for the Covid-19 third wave by decommissioning the 1,000 bed Nasrec Field Hospital at the end of February - a move which has one of the country's leading vaccinology experts perplexed. The potential for a third wave of Covid-19 infections and the challenge in preparing healthcare facilities has become a constant source of concern for health departments across the country.  No one can say when the next resurgence will be, how long it will last, or where it will hit first.  The only constant in the virus’s pattern is change, which results in a...