Nelson Mandela Bay runs short of beds as COVID-19 cases increase

The 2010 Soccer World Cup hospital bed back-up project, has now been given a new lease of life, providing 73 extra beds at the Livingstone Hopital in Port Elizabeth to treat COVID-19 patients.

The continued spread of the coronavirus in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, in the Eastern Cape, is straining medical services in the metro as hospitals are running out of beds to treat COVID-19 patients.

The 2010 Soccer World Cup hospital bed back-up project has now been given a new lease of life, providing 73 extra beds at the Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth to treat the patients.

The hospital has converted a basement parking lot into a fully functional hospital ward.

“It has come in very handy now when we wanted more more beds as response to COVID-19 pandemic. We found this structure which was half prepared to be converted to a ward with the assistance of the Department of Public Works we managed to convert this to habitable ward as it is now,” says Dr Mthandeki Xamlashe, Livingstone Hospital Acting CEO.

The municipality has become the epicentre for coronavirus infections in the country.

Earlier, Acting Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Tshonono Buyeye, said that stricter law enforcement has started in the metro.

“We have to do things differently. We can’t be or want to be popular at a time where people are losing their lives. So, hence we have emphasised with our law enforcement. Make the hard decisions. Don’t buy face and force the law as it is. The regulations are there for everybody. This is the guideline. If people can’t meet the guideline what happens is what we are currently seeing now,” says Buyeye.