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medicaldoctorBusinessLive reports that Business SA (BSA), a new initiative to help the government’s response to Covid-19, has issued an urgent call to companies to release their supplies of masks, gowns and gloves to protect health-care staff tackling the virus.  

BSA includes organisations such as Business Unity SA (Busa) and the Black Business Council.  Local stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been hit by soaring global demand in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and health-care workers have already sounded the alarm over shortages of masks, gloves, plastic aprons and goggles.  The SA Medical Association (Sama) has advised doctors to consider every patient as being potentially infected and step up their use of protective equipment, but it has received reports of shortages in public hospitals, particularly in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.  “In almost every sector, there are companies that have stocks of protective gear that they issue to employees to protect them in the workplace.  These are the stocks that are urgently required to be fed into the national health efforts to combat and manage the spread of Covid-19,” said BSA’s Stavros Nicolaou.  Supplies will be allocated to both private and public health-care facilities, in consultation with the national health department.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tamar Kahn at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Business SA urges ‘maximum generosity’ during lockdown, at BusinessLive

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