The Gift of Giving: 900 oxygen machines donated, renovations to Mitchells Plain Freesia Ward

Picture: Gift of the Givers, Facebook

Gift of the Givers provided a breath of fresh air – literally and figuratively – after donating more than 900 oxygen machines to Eastern Cape hospitals.

This comes after South Africa passed the one million infections mark on Sunday night, states IOL.

The publication states that the organisation’s founder, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman said that the oxygen machines were designed to specifications after the South African National Ventilator Group, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Department of Trade and Industry called for proposals earlier this year to design CPAP machines which are used for effective oxygen delivery.

Picture: Gift of the Givers, Facebook

“We now have a truly South African oxygen delivery machine that suits our current needs, a machine that is essentially mechanical and not electronic, easy to use, non-intimidating, practical and highly effective,” said Sooliman.

“Gift of the Givers appreciates the opportunity to distribute 12 000 of these machines free to everyone on the EC Health Group and nationwide.

“We’ve tested them with our medical teams and the feedback is unanimous: ‘This machine has assisted us [to] save lives as we had no other options.'”

Public hospitals, clinics and ambulance services who were in need could email the organisation for assistance, said Sooliman, according to the publication.

Gift of the Givers also steps in to assist Cape hospitals

The organisation visited hospitals in Cape Town to see how GOTG can further assist. “The general aim was to talk to health-care workers (HCW), get their perspective and priority needs,” said Dr Sooliman to EWN.

According to the publication, the Covid-19 Freesia Ward at Mitchells Plain Hospital has been renovated, as well as four additional wings in the main hospital.

Freesia ward will receive a blood gas machine, expected to arrive today (Wed), and nine additional oxygen points, with installation commencing on December 29.

“We are providing R300 000 towards installation of oxygen in the four new wings,” Sooliman added.