Gift of the Givers founder, Imtiaz Sooliman, said that the organisation had received total co-operation and support from the Gauteng Provincial Health Department, CEO’s, management and infrastructure teams at both Rahima Moosa Hospital and Helen Joseph Hospital in its bid to drill boreholes for water at both facilities. He said the drilling at Helen Joseph Hospital was on schedule to start on Friday morning and its drilling operation at Rahima Moosa Hospital had already struck water.
“The situation demands an urgent response as this is an emergency that affects the normal functioning of hospitals now seriously challenged by the Covid-19 third wave,” Sooliman said.
“Water is critical for every type of procedure, for hygiene and infection control, and an uninterrupted supply is non-negotiable.”
Sooliman said the drill sites at the hospitals were just the first of
eight possible sites that the organisation’s geologist, Dr Gideon Groenewald had mapped out.
“The drilling rig is on site. The presence of this incredible piece of machinery has created a new sense of hope, a morale boost, a sparkle in the eyes of health care workers and management at the two facilities as 23 days of inadequate supply is the last straw following two waves of Covid-19, load shedding and an additional patient load from the now closed Charlotte Maxeke Hospital,” Sooliman said.
“The progress at Rahima Moosa Hospital has been incredible. Gift of the Givers teams will be pumping borehole water into ten JoJo tanks and from there via booster pumps into the hospital water infrastructure tomorrow. This will provide an uninterrupted supply of 130 000 litres which is the total hospital requirement per day. We can ramp it up further without compromising the integrity of the underground aquifer,” he said.
Sooliman said Implats had funded the entire cost of the Rahima Moosa borehole which currently stood at R700 000. “Donors have been coming forward to commit funding for the Helen Joseph borehole.,” he said.
Sooliman said he was visiting Charlotte Maxeke Hospital today. “This is another emergency that requires serious reflection,” Sooliman said.