In response to an urgent call from the City of Cape Town for assistance with temporary medical infrastructure at the Strandfontein Sports Ground – a site that is housing the bulk of the city’s homeless individuals during the COVID-19 lockdown – the Cipla Foundation was able to deploy a fully-functioning medical facility within just two days.
The facility, which took seven hours to erect, is made up of various modular units that will cater to crucial medical needs at the site. Some of these health services include testing and screening facilities; clinical examinations and consultations; temperature-controlled units for the storage and dispensing of chronic medication; and medical stores.
Additional modular units have also been erected to provide a resting area for the healthcare professionals who are working tirelessly on the site, tending to numerous patients daily.
“The medical infrastructure has been life-changing for us,” said one of the nurses working on the site. “From working out of a van with very limited stock, we now have everything we need to deliver the necessary services required on site.”
CEO of Cipla South Africa, Paul Miller, said: “The Cipla Foundation is committed to its ethos of ‘caring for life’ and is therefore providing dignified primary healthcare to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities during this difficult time.”
Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Dr Zahid Badroodien said: “Facilitating the temporary housing and medical care of over 2000 people has been no easy feat, especially considering that an unprecedented number of these individuals has pre-existing conditions and require access to chronic medication. We are therefore incredibly grateful to partner with the Cipla Foundation to address this urgent need.”
“We’re really focussed on initiatives that help to improve people’s lives and ensure that good healthcare is accessible to all South Africans. By giving the necessary tools to people on the frontline at Strandfontein, we are doing just that,” said Miller.