The national defence force’s senior military medic is calling on sickbays at SA National Defence Force (SANDF) bases and facilities across the country personally getting to grips with medical health readiness.
Lieutenant General Zola Dabula’s most recent stop, on Monday 1 March, was Mtubatuba on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast and home to 121 SA Infantry Battalion of the SA Army Infantry Formation.
Aimed primarily at ensuring SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) facilities meet the standards needed to handle the COVID-19 pandemic among those in uniform and their immediate families on base, the visits also provide opportunity for interaction between the commander and his “troops”, in this instance military healthcare practitioners ranging in disciplines from specialist through to general practitioner, nurse and emergency medical technician among others. A number of “challenges”, according to the SANDF, were brought to Dabula’s attention with a commitment to address them in the interests of “better service delivery”.
The three-star general expressed his satisfaction with the condition of the general and isolation wards at the infantry base’s sickbay.