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Three new doctors appointed at Calvinia hospital

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Northern Cape MEC for Health on oversight visit to the Hantam Local Municipality.

THREE additional doctors have been appointed at Abraham Esau Hospital in Calvinia as part of the Northern Cape Department of Health’s efforts to enhance its health services.

The MEC for Health, Maruping Lekwene, made the announcement during an oversight visit in the Hantam Local Municipality this week.

Lekwene paid a visit to the Calvinia Clinic and Abraham Esau Hospital (AEH) to monitor service delivery at the health facilities.

Lekwene said that the three doctors will officially start working from next week.

“These appointments are for the benefit of the local community. Six community services workers at AEH started on January 1, 2021 – namely one occupational therapist, one radiographer, one dietician and three medical doctors.”

The MEC was also pleased to note that Abraham Esau has not had any maternal deaths for the past five years.

The local Covid-19 Outbreak Response Team meanwhile reported that three people have died from the virus so far.

Lekwene said that a Covid-19 vaccine and mass testing campaign will be rolled out in Hantam soon.

“The report presented by the local Coivid-19 Outbreak Response Team states that from March 2020 to date a cumulative total of 449 people tested positive in the Hantam Local Municipality. Eighty-seven people have recovered but unfortunately three people have succumbed to Covid complications. This leaves us with 359 active cases currently being monitored in the local municipality. The vaccine roll-out and mass testing Covid-19 campaign will be rolled in the Hantam Local Municipality starting from next week,” he said.