Following the presidential announcement last night, 23 March 2020, we would like to reassure you that the safety of our patients and staff is of utmost importance to us. We have immediately endorsed and implemented the WHO, SASP and RSA health authorities’ additional preventative measures last Monday, 16 March 2020.
Some important extractions from Mr Ramaphosa’s address to the nation last night …
“It is a week since we declared the coronavirus pandemic a national disaster and announced a package of extraordinary measures to combat this grave public health emergency.
Over the past week, South Africans have demonstrated their determination, their sense of purpose, their sense of community and their sense of responsibility.
We reiterate that the most effective way to prevent infection is through basic changes in individual behaviour and hygiene.
It is essential that every person in this country adheres strictly – and without exception – to the regulations that have been put in place.
The National Coronavirus Command Council has decided to enforce a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March.
The categories of people who will be exempted from this lockdown are the following: health workers in the public and private sectors, emergency personnel, those in security services – such as the police, traffic officers, military medical personnel, soldiers – and other persons necessary for our response to the pandemic.”
The South African Society of Physiotherapy is waiting for full clarity on “health workers in the public and private sectors”.
OUR SERVICES CONTINUE AS USUAL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. We also want to reassure you that we are here to help, so if you have any questions or concerns about your health or injury, do get in touch with the team. – even if we are affected by lockdown.
Last of All, THANK YOU!
We have been humbled by the messages of hope, of support, and shared positivity from our patients. We thank our team too, for their efforts to work through this unprecedented challenge.