The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it has come up with its own Covid-19 action plan aimed at reducing the impact of the pandemic on the country’s health system.
The action plan “designed for an incapable state” will ensure better medical treatment for all South Africans and ensure a stronger prevention campaign to reduce the strain on the country’s health system, DA leader John Steenhuisen said.
Steenhuisen said the action plan draws from the experiences of the Western Cape over the past three months, with the main focus on the following ten areas for success:
- Efficient decision-making structures
- A coordinated testing programme
- Contact tracing
- Quarantine and Isolation facilities
- Communications campaign
- Evidence-based protocols and regulations for non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs)
- Field hospitals
- Reprioritised funding
“Outside of the Western Cape, where the early storm appears to have been weathered thanks to a concerted response effort that began the moment the country went into lockdown in March, the situation is critical. Across all eight of the other provinces, there is no sign of the preparation that should have been taking place these past three months.”
Steenhuisen revealed that the action plan has been provided to the Presidency on the immediate interventions that can be made now.
“Instead of bailing out SAA, let’s buy oxygen cylinders and build hospital beds in field hospitals. In the Western Cape, we learnt that you have to have field hospitals that are equipped to deal with a spike and a peak,” Steenhuisen said while speaking on radio 702.