South Africa recently surpassed 2000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 after already being in lockdown for two weeks. As a result, President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended the national lockdown to the end of April. The daily increase of Coronavirus cases has necessitated the need to step-up South Africa’s testing capacity with more makeshift centres.
Minister of Health, Dr Zwelini Mkhize, has officially launched 67 mobile testing units across the country. Private hospitals and pharmacies are also joining the effort by establishing their own makeshift testing centres, which is enabling more South Africans to be screened for COVID-19 in smaller towns. South Africa has conducted over 83 000 tests in the last month.
IWESCO offers cleaning and sanitation for testing centres
As a certified industrial cleaning contractor, IWESCO is able to sanitise and disinfect testing centres and clinics. We are a member of the National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA) and follow established protocols for the cleaning and sanitation of spaces associated with contagious diseases. We have also been approved as an essential business by the Department of Trade and Industry during the lockdown.
Our staff are highly trained and use all the necessary personal protective equipment and chemicals to properly disinfect makeshift treatment and testing centres. IWESCO has a national footprint - we can assist with cleaning solutions in all major cities in South Africa. For smaller towns in more remote areas, we can arrange a team to be on-site in a number of days, subject to agreements made with our management.
Makeshift testing centres in South Africa
There are hundreds of temporary testing centres currently set up across South Africa, some of which can be found here. These facilities are not treatment or isolation units - rather, they are spaces where citizens can be tested if they suspect they have COVID-19. Upon a positive test result, the patient will be sent to a formal isolation and treatment hospital.
South Africa has several designated hospitals for the isolation and treatment of COVID-19. The following 11 medical facilities have been identified by the Department of Health as the major Coronavirus hospitals in each province:
Eastern Cape - Livingstone Hospital (Port Elizabeth)
Free State - Pelonomi Hospital (Bloemfontein)
Gauteng - Charlotte Maxeke Hospital (Johannesburg), Steve Biko Hospital (Pretoria), Tembisa Hospital (Midrand)
KwaZulu Natal - Grey’s Hospital (Pietermaritzburg)
Limpopo - Polokwane Hospital (Polokwane)
Mpumalanga - Rob Ferreira Hospital (Nelspruit)
North West - Klerksdorp Hospital (Klerksdorp)
Northern Cape - Kimberley Hospital (Kimberley)
Western Cape - Tygerberg Hospital (Cape Town)
Citizens are urged to only visit a testing centre if they are experiencing severe symptoms. This will prevent these facilities from being overcrowded with people experiencing minor and suspected symptoms. Our healthcare workers are already overworked, so please do not panic if you suspect you may have the virus.
“Please bear in mind that people who are to go to those testing centres are people who have [all] the symptoms. It’s not necessary for people to go to those clinics if they don’t have all the symptoms, to avoid a stampede,” says Johannesburg’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development, Eunice Mgcina.
As IWESCO works to clean and sanitise private and public spaces during the national lockdown, it is important to heed the advice of President Cyril Ramaphosa and stay at home unless absolutely necessary. Maintain personal hygiene by washing the hands regularly, even if you have not left the house.
To set up a consultation or get a quote for disinfection and cleaning, do not hesitate to contact us. Our team is on-hand to help amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Makeshift testing centres need to be sanitised regularly, so choose IWESCO as your professional partner in cleaning and hygiene.
IWESCO offers specialised cleaning and waste control services to industrial and commercial customers in South Africa. These services are aimed at minimising our customers’ impact on the environment. Our services also include pest control, garden maintenance, fogging and disinfecting. Our staff are highly trained to offer the most professional services. IWESCO is a Level 2 B-BBEE supplier with ISO 14001 certification for environmental management.
We are a one-stop shop for all your contract cleaning and waste control needs and have a national footprint. Our head office is located in Tshwane but we can provide services to any industrial and commercial client in the major metropolitan areas around South Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Mbombela and more.