A modular solution of 100 beds offered at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital; The modular solution will be equipped with medical technology from Siemens Healthineers; The modular hospital will be powered by a solar modular setup to allow a decentralized and clean power supply.
At a groundbreaking ceremony, Siemens South Africa, the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Solidarity Fund officially handed over a separate 100-bed modular hospital solution to Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane. This extension will help mitigate the negative impact caused by the coronavirus on the medical system and improve access to care, even beyond the pandemic.
“Together with Siemens, today we are sending a strong signal that our partner countries can count on us in these difficult times. Because we know: we will only beat COVID-19 working together globally or not at all. This is why we are working with South Africa to help them establish their own vaccine production, ”said Dr Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.
“As we open this new facility, we remind ourselves that for healthy economies, we need healthy societies. Governments and businesses must unite in the fight against COVID-19. This project shows how, through collaboration and technology, we can tackle great challenges and transform societies. I am proud to support Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in its efforts to fight the pandemic and provide high quality health care for years to come, ”said Roland Busch, President and CEO from Siemens AG.
Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO from Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa says: “The South African healthcare system, like other countries, was unprepared for the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and was under pressure. Resource mobilization has been crucial to help fight the disease and reduce the burden on the sector. With our donation, we are helping Cecilia Makiwane Hospital provide effective health care to the community of Mdantsane. This reflects our commitment to uplift the societies of the country.
The rapid construction of the hospital module in less than 100 days was made possible thanks to the exceptional commitment and collaboration of all the project partners. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) – finances the project to the tune of 63 million rand. The Siemens Caring Hands charity donated R 9 million collected from Siemens employees, doubling in-kind contributions made by Siemens and Siemens Healthineers. Africa’s leading pharmaceutical company, Aspen Pharmaceuticals, has provided an additional R4 million for the project. The South African Solidarity Fund has been instrumental in the effective management of donations while the Eastern Cape Department of Health ensures the professional functioning of the unit by deploying dedicated staff and providing medical supplies.
“The completion of the Cecilia Makiwane modular hospital solution is timely. With the onset of winter and the emerging possibility of a third wave, it is essential that we continue to find ways to support our provincial health systems. This modular solution is not only practical and impactful, it represents the type of agile and focused solutions that are needed to fight an epidemic that is evolving before our eyes. »Tandi Nzimande, CEO of the Solidarity Fund.
The modular hospital solution will be equipped with Siemens Healthineers medical technology which includes Acuson P500 ultrasound machines, Mobilett Elara Max X-ray machines and blood gas machines. This range of imaging equipment is uniquely designed for maximum mobility and is essential for detecting Covid-19 infections.
The solution also includes Siemens’ range of reliable fire detection as well as modern UV disinfection equipment from Violet Defense that will help control contamination in high contact areas of the modular hospital; In addition, Siemens powers the new expansion with a solar modular configuration with battery storage from SustainSolar, using the Siemens Sicam micro-grid controller to enable decentralized and clean power supply 24/7, 365 days.
“Siemens Caring Hands has taken on a huge challenge. With donations from Siemens and its employees, Siemens Caring Hands wants to help alleviate the dire consequences of the pandemic. I am grateful that we, together with the German government and GIZ, can now make a substantial contribution to South Africa as well. This global solidarity is part of Siemens DNA», Said Stephan Frucht, member of the board of directors of Siemens Caring Hands eV
Communities like Mdantsane are not sufficiently prepared to deal with the main health effects posed by the pandemic and need as much help as possible to manage its consequences.
“This partnership in the development of the Cecilia Makiwane modular hospital solution represents Aspens’ local commitment to East London and our contribution to the sustainability of the communities in which we operate. We also believe that this project will ensure accessibility to health care, especially as our country continues to face the Covid-19 pandemic ”, Stavros Nicolaou, senior executive for strategic business development, Aspen Pharmacare .
“This development will certainly address some of the main challenges we face as a healthcare facility, located in the larger township of east London. The construction of the modular hospital will relieve the pressure on the large number of patients and create an efficient medical service. We are extremely grateful to the stakeholders involved in this remarkable initiative ”, says Sicelo Msi, CEO of Cecilia Makiwane Hospital.
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