The Prime Minister of Gauteng, David Makhura, said that among the tasks assigned to the students is managing hospital rooms, but also managing directly the Covid-19 vaccines as part of the ongoing national program of immunization.
The initiative will allow complementing the currently available medical personnel, which has been under pressure due to the increase in hospital admittances resulting from the third wave of the pandemic, which is particularly hitting the province of Gauteng.
Army medical personnel has already been deployed as additional assistance to the healthcare system and address the challenges presented by the lack of health professionals, as well as the low availability in beds.
The province of Gaunteng, where Pretoria and Johannesburg are located, is the current center of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
According to the Ministry of Health, during the last seven days, Gauteng reported the largest average of Covid-19 cases: 11,415.
Also, the province reported the largest number of accumulated Covid-19 cases: 729,398, and there is currently an estimate of nearly 94,750 active cases.