Covid-19: ‘We have enough bed capacity based on lessons from the third wave’ – Joe Phaahla

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Dr. Joe Phaahla Foto: Daily Sun
Dr. Joe Phaahla Foto: Daily Sun

Health Minister Joe Phaahla says his department has no plan to increase the number of beds from the current baseline, amid the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant.

According to Phaahla, during the third wave, in which the highest infections were recorded, the country never experienced a shortage of beds and oxygen required to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.

This emerged in his response to a parliamentary question from IFP MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa, who wanted details on the number of additional beds, ventilators, and personal protective equipment (PPE) the national Department of Health (NDoH) estimated would be needed nationally in order to overcome the impact of the fourth wave.

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