ISUZU South Africa recently refurbished an old casualty ward at the Provincial Hospital in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) in time for it to serve as a vaccination centre.
“Isuzu’s maintenance team, including contractors and sub-contractors, worked day and night to complete this project on time,” said Mandlakazi Sigcawu, Department Executive: Corporate and Public Affairs for Isuzu SA.
The newly refurbished facility consists of consulting, administration and waiting rooms.
Sigcawu said it was important for Isuzu SA to ensure the site was ready in time for the second phase of government’s vaccination roll-out.
“This Isuzu SA initiative forms part of a larger COVID-19 response strategy that began last year. This included, but not limited to, vehicle support to various organisations at the frontline of fighting the [pandemic], logistics and storage support, refurbishment projects, as well as community support in assisting with basic needs such as food and water,” she said.
Last year at the height of the pandemic, Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) volunteered to undertake the task of renovating a transfer ward at the Provincial Hospital and three wards at Livingstone hospital, which were used to treat the influx of COVID-19 patients in the city.
“As a corporate citizen of Gqeberha, we remain committed to ensuring we work alongside our stakeholders for the long term sustainability of our communities,” Sigcawu said.