As South Africa enters the third wave, the distribution of vaccines to sufficient people to reach herd immunity is the single biggest task the National Department of Health (NDoH) has ever faced. Partnerships between the corporate sector and civil society on the ground is critical to avoid a further crisis in hospitals.
PinkDrive with funding from Standard Bank will be providing vaccinators to the public sector vaccination sites in Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal to assist with the acceleration of the vaccine to communities with their mobile medical teams and employing previously ‘unemployed’ nurses and drivers.
To reach the required rate for herd immunity, South Africa needs to vaccinate 300 000 people per day. To amplify the process, the NDoH will need to access resources from the private sector and civil society. They have recognised this need and appealed to PinkDrive to assist in rolling out the vaccine to rural community clinics through our mobile medical teams.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that as of today, the total number of confirmed COVID19 cases is 1 635 465 the total number of deaths is 55 802 the total number of recoveries is 1 539 395 and the total number of vaccines administered is 647 983.
Professor Richard Cooke Academic Head of the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care at Wits university and Head of the J&J vaccine roll out and research programme welcomed PinkDrive to participate in taking the vaccine to the community clinic front line staff. This intervention would minimize disruption due to medical staff having to be away for prolonged periods to receive the vaccine at centralized locations.
“Standard Bank is committed to supporting the South African government’s efforts to vaccinate the country’s frontline health workers. We are very pleased to support this joint initiative between the Department of Health and Pink Drive, which will travel to community clinics across three provinces, bringing the vaccination programme to people in remote areas”. Standard Bank South Africa CSI
“Our medical staff are trained in the vaccination process and ready to step up to assist the National Department of Health (NDoH) in providing vaccines to the most vulnerable in the pandemic, the frontline personnel. For more than ten years, PinkDrive has made the health of vulnerable South Africans their priority. The thought is simple: ‘early detection will help prolong a life’. While the organisation’s historical role has been cancer detection, in these times of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, it has broadened its mission to prevent the further spread of the virus COVID-19. In addition to screening and testing in 2020 we are now ready to tackle the vaccination rollout.” Shares Noelene Kotschan, CEO and Founder of PinkDrive NPC.
“We mobilised all our resources and appealed to Corporates, Foreign Embassies and Philanthropic Organisations to partner us by funding the initiative to support the NDoH at this critical time. We are incredibly humbled by the commitment of Standard Bank and the Rand Water Foundation by partnering with PinkDrive. “
PinkDrive’s unerring mission mirrors that of the NDoH to prolong lives through the prevention of illness, disease, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and to consistently improve the health care delivery system by focusing on access, equity, efficiency, quality and sustainability.
PinkDrive offers gender related cancer screening services to the medically uninsured of South Africa. Their services include mammograms, clinical breast examinations, pap smears and PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) screening to the indigent communities of South Africa. PinkDrive also educates on the importance of early detection of gender related cancers.
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