Labs under pressure as Covid-19 testing increases

25 Mar 2020

The Department of Health is trying to procure more testing kits, and there are talks ongoing between the supplier of a rapid Covid-19 testing kit in the USA. Discussions between the Department of Health and the private healthcare industry are happening under the umbrella of Business Unity South Africa (Busa).

To facilitate emergency procurements, Treasury issued an instruction note, informing accounting officers how the procurement of hundreds of thousands of masks, gloves, face shields, protective suits and a range of other medical equipment should be undertaken.

One supplier, Tara Technologies, has been identified for the supply of 20 000 of the respirators at R29 500 each, according to Treasury documents. If the full 20 000 are ordered, Tara will be paid R590-m.