Arwyp's Ansie Willemse

The
management of Arwyp Medical Centre in Kempton Park have been reported to have
found no evidence of any staff members having to work without protective gear following
allegations to the contrary in a national TV news item on Friday (17
April).

“Since the
onset of this pandemic we have supplied our staff with the National Institute
for Communicable Diseases (NICD) guideline PPEs, and in no instances whatsoever
have we stepped away from these guidelines,” centre relationship manager, Ansie
Willemse, has assured online in the Kempton
Park Express
newspaper.

In the Newzroom
Africa TV item it was reported that Gauteng MEC for Health, Dr Bandile Masuku,
had confirmed that two staff members at Arwyp Private Hospital in Kempton Park had
tested positive for COVID-19, that they were currently in self-isolation, and
that a patient with the virus had died. It was also alleged that staff members
had to work without protective gear.

“We have
spent numerous hours interviewing various staff members, patients and viewed
historic CCTV footage, and have not found any evidence showing that we are not
following these guidelines,” Willemse stressed in a statement earlier this
week. In it she confirmed that only one staff member formally complained about
the PPEs and after investigating, they could not find any evidence to
substantiate the allegations.

“Notwithstanding
this, we again checked all of our CCTV footage and communicated to our staff
but were unable to find any instances where the correct PPEs were not worn.

“However, it
would be to everyone’s interest and benefit if specific details could be given
to us in terms of staff not being given the correct PPEs, so that we can ensure
that this is done,” she said.

“Our patient
health and safety is our biggest priority.”