Volkswagen hands over 150 beds as the fight against Covid-19 intensifies

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In another attempt at aiding the essential services, Volkswagen South Africa handed over 150 bed bases to the Eastern Cape government.

These bed bases, given to government medical support at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, will be used to curb the spread of the coronavirus as patients will be looking to recuperate in this safe environment.

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality recently announced that the stadium would be used to isolate low-acuity patients who have been infected with Covid-19, to prevent them from spreading the virus further.

This facility will be managed by the Department of Health, with support from the Municipality.

Committed to support

The Department of Health approached the automaker to help equip the facility at the stadium to house more patients. VW headed the call, and within the space of a week, the required number of bed bases were delivered.

Thomas Schaefer, Volkswagen Group South Africa chairman and managing director, said: "VWSA remains committed to supporting the Business Chamber and local government in their efforts to contain Covid-19 and save lives. As this pandemic is a threat to all communities, we cannot falter or fail to act. It is my hope that this donation will enable the Department and its brave healthcare workers to save many more lives."

This donation is part of VWSA's continuous efforts to protect and prepare the communities of Nelson Mandela Bay amid the Covid-19 crisis, says the automaker. The company has also been involved in the local manufacturing of face masks, respirators, and ventilators to help fight the pandemic locally.

Compiled by: Charlen Raymond

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