DA WC urges calm at health facilities
The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape strongly urges all residents to remain calm and ensure social distancing at health facilities. In light of President Ramaphosa’s announcement of a lockdown as of midnight on Thursday, adherence to provincial and national guidelines are imperative to stop the spread of the corona virus.
MPP Wendy Philander said: “The implementation of social distancing measures led to a stampede at some public health facilities and long lines at others. Even though critical services such as healthcare facilities are exempt from lockdown measures, we urge the public to continue adhering to social distancing. This is the first line of prevention.”
The provincial government introduced the following measures at public health facilities:
- Limitation of visiting hours and guests;
- Non-essential appointments and operations have been cancelled, upon which alternative appointments will be made; and,
- Stable-chronic patients will receive prescriptions two months in advance.
MPP Wendy Philander added: “Medical personnel will attend to patients in need of emergency and essential medical care. We call on the public to take social distancing measures seriously, especially to avoid close personal contact when seeking essential medical attention.”
The DA in the Western Cape believes that if every individual adheres to social distancing and lockdown measures, we can together slow the spread of COVID-19.