Health Minister Hands over Ventilators to Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

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USA landed a hand to Department of Health in the fight against Covid-19 by donating ventilators.

The good deed by the US was warmly welcomed Health Dr Zweli Mkhize on Saturday while also handing over 20 of them to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Johannesburg.

Minister said that in total 1000 ventilators valued at R 500 000 each were donated to the department.

“We have come to receive this great gesture of friendship, support and solidarity…This is a response to a conversation between President Donald Trump and President Cyril Ramaphosa where President Ramaphosa raised the issue to President Trump that there are very important necessities we need to deal with COVID-19 that have gone into short supply globally,” Mkhize said.

The minister said the hospital was chosen based on it’s historic monument the belief that a lot can still be achieved in this hospital.

“It is one of the epicentres of clinical excellence in the country.”

Mkhize was joined at the hospital by US Ambassador Lana Marks, Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku.

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