16 January 2013

South Africa: North West Health Ready for Afcon 2013

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South African soccer fans.

Pretoria — The North West Department of Health has activated its Africa Cup of Nation 2013 plans to ensure "a clean bill of health" during the tournament which kicks off on Saturday.

Rustenburg is among the host cities and will be home to Group D teams including Togo, Ivory Coast, Algeria and Tunisia.

"The Health Promotion team is already hard at work with blitz activities in hot spots around Rustenburg," department spokesperson, Tebogo Lethekgwane said on Wednesday.

He said an additional 300 000 Choice condoms have been procured for Rustenburg as more people are expected for the games. The condoms will be distributed in hotels and areas that may experience an influx of people.

A total of 90 Emergency Medical Rescue Service personnel, together with five medical doctors and seven nurses, will man the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on match days. Eight ambulances will operate within the stadium with 12 more ambulances strategically placed in all major routes leading to Rustenburg to ensure swift response during emergencies.

"Two buses and two quantums will be on standby at the stadium in case of a stampede or disaster. The department recently added new 19 additional ambulances to its fleet to aggressively respond to the plight of communities and improve the response time during emergencies. This is in addition to 31 ambulance unveiled in June 2012," Lekgethwane added.

He said the Job Shimankane Tabane Hospital was also prepared for any emergencies that may occur and the hospital's accident and emergency unit with six resuscitation beds was refurbished for 2010 FIFA World Cup.

"Twelve beds for P2 patients, six beds in short stay ward, five obstetrics and gynaecology beds, five paediatrics and one isolation beds are in place in the emergency unit. Four treatment areas, triage area, counselling, administration and six theatres are also functional," he said.

The Royal Bafokeng Stadium will host the games on 22, 26, 29 and 30 January, as well as the match between winner in group D and Runner up in Group C to take place on 3 February.

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