Surgeon General visiting Limpopo


The Surgeon General of the South African National Defence Force, Lieutenant General Zola Dabula, has arrived in Polokwane as part of his provincial tour of the province.

The head of the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) arrived at the Area Military Health Unit in Polokwane on 12 April. This follows his series of visits around the country that oversee military health service delivery in the Military Health Bases. The week-long visit encompasses inspections to military health units and quarantine facilities in the province.

The provincial team led by Acting Officer Commanding Area Military Health Unit Limpopo, Lieutenant Colonel Vusimuzi Khumalo, provided a detailed briefing to the Surgeon General. Some highlights observed included the management of the ante-natal clinic until 34 weeks, good working relationship with SA Army Units in the vicinity, and successful outsourcing  of services. The SAMHS highlighted good collaboration with other medical health institutions like hospitals, COVID-19 auxiliary staff, and Cuban Health Care Practitioners.

The Health Centre in Polokwane is one of the three centres under the control of Area Military Health Limpopo which provides medical service to Regular Force, VPA, Military Veterans, and dependents. Direct services rendered include medicine, nursing, pharmacy, oral health, psychology, social work, bio-kinetics, dietetics, environmental health and emergency military medical care.

The Army Support Base Limpopo Quarantine and Isolation facility hosts 130 beds and has been operational since 11 June 2020. The triple store building has had three intakes since its inception.

Dabula’s oversight visit is centred on the state of readiness of Limpopo military health facilities that are identified for mass isolation and quarantine; and extends to the general readiness to fight the scourge of COVID-19.

His visit amongst others is to embark on enhancing and augmenting military health service in the military health centres. Some of the units that are medically supported by the SAMHS are Air Force Base Makhado, home to Gripen fighter jets, and the Special Forces training unit in Phalaborwa.

The SA Military Health Service, as a custodian of health in the SANDF, attempts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus within the military community and ensures compliance to COVID-19 prescripts and regulations, the SAMHS said.