Lieutenant General Zola Dabula, Surgeon General of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), visits Eastern Cape military health institutions today, 16 February, following visits to facilities in the Western Cape.
The Eastern Cape has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country since March 2020. His official visit comes amid a newly proposed plan to build a Military Base Hospital (MBH) which can mitigate the overwhelming health care demands by the military health community in the province.
The South African Military Health Service currently has three Tertiary Military Health institutions in the country: 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria, 2 Military Hospital in Cape Town and 3 Military Hospital in Bloemfontein.
Two weeks ago, Dabula embarked on an inspection tour of SAMHS facilities in the Western Cape as part of country-wide visits.
The tour is to not only boost morale among military healthcare personnel deployed against the COVID-19 pandemic but will also ensure the level of overall healthcare provided by uniformed practitioners of various medical disciplines continues to meet the necessary standards. While SAMHS personnel are mainly confined to dealing with military patients – serving soldiers, their families, military pensioners and veterans – when needed they will – and have – assisted civilians.