2021-w2843 - 21 December 2021

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) is the total number of nursing colleges in each province in the Republic and (b)(i) number of nursing colleges have been shut down in the past two financial years and (ii) were the reasons for closing the colleges; whether he has found the nursing colleges to be effective and running smoothly; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; what is the total number of graduates who have (a) graduated from the colleges and (b) been absorbed into the departments in each province over the past five years?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 21 Dec 2021

 

  1. (a) There are 10 nursing colleges in the Republic. One located in each of the nine provinces and the 10th being the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS). These colleges have 45 campuses and 40 sub-campuses located in district and subdistrict level in each of the provinces to ensure access to nursing education by local communities

(b) (i) None of these colleges were ...

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2021-w2844 - 21 December 2021

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) number of surgeries and/or operations were (i) cancelled and (ii) postponed in each province since the start of the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 and (b) is the breakdown of reasons why the surgeries and/or operations were postponed and/or cancelled considering that patients wait for months for the dates to have surgery performed and/or operations done?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 21 Dec 2021

 

The Honourable Member is kindly informed that this kind of information is not readily available at the National Department of Health. This information must be sourced from hospitals in provinces, and therefore the department is busy collating the information from the hospitals through the provinces. The information will be shared with the Honourable Member and Parliament as soon as it is received from ...

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2021-w2806 - 21 December 2021

Ntombi Valencia Khumalo to ask the Minister of Health

Taking into consideration that the number of persons getting vaccinated is low, whilst there seems to be a budget increase towards efforts to encourage persons to get vaccinated, how does his department intend to ensure balance in return on investment in this regard?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 21 Dec 2021

 

The department regrets to report that there has been no additional budget for demand generation. The additional resources have been provided by the private sector and voluntarily placement of advertisements and radio slots. The investments include making vaccination mean more to people (through demand creation) and making it easier to get vaccinated (through establishing more vaccination sites, using outreach and extending vaccination site ...

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2021-w2845 - 21 December 2021

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) number of officials in his department have been suspended due to the Digital Vibes scandal and (b) progress has been made with the disciplinary actions in this regard; whether any person has been charged yet for the Digital Vibes scandal; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; what consequence management strategy has been put in place so that such scandals do not reoccur in future?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 21 Dec 2021

 

  1. There are four officials from the National Department of Health (NDOH) that have been suspended and are currently undergoing a disciplinary hearing. Charges were served on the officials and the Disciplinary Hearing commenced on 22 November 2021, it is currently underway.
  2. Kindly refer to (1) above, charges have been served on the four implicated officials.
  3. The NDOH has resolved to minimize the use ...
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2021-w2860 - 21 December 2021

Lorato Florence Tito to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) total number of public hospitals have declared state of readiness for the new COVID-19 variant and (b) measures have been put in place to boost the capacity of those hospitals that are not ready yet?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 21 Dec 2021

 

(a). All gazetted hospitals in the country are declared ready for the Covid-19 variant. These hospitals are able to manage Covid-19 cases in the context of the hierarchy of health services per type of facility. This arrangement ensures that the patients are referred the next level of care as and when the condition of the patient changes, from mild, moderate to severe state. ...

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2021-w2859 - 21 December 2021

Lorato Florence Tito to ask the Minister of Health

What specific interventions has he made to include African traditional healers in the fight against COVID-19?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 21 Dec 2021

 

The outbreak of Covid–19 brought new challenges in the Traditional Health Practice, which led to the Department of Health developing Guidelines for Traditional Health Practitioners in dealing with Covid-19.

The Department supported the role played by Traditional Health Practitioners during the hard lockdown period by providing them with travel permits to allow them to continue looking after their patients and assist in the ...

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2021-w2736 - 21 December 2021

Magdalena Duduzile Hlengwa to ask the Minister of Health

What interventions has his department assisted with at the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital in the Northern Cape, in view of some of the recent reports of the specified hospital having lost several medical officers in 2021; whether he has found that the administrative issues at the hospital have had any impact on the surgery backlog; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; whether he will commit to investigating the challenges faced by the hospital; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 21 Dec 2021

 

The following interventions are made to assist the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital:

(a) The hospital has an annual turnover of about 30 – 50 community service doctors;

(b) The hospital annually plans by commencing interviews with community service doctors who may be interested to continue working at the hospital around June – July;

(c) The hospital has completed the human resources process on ...

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2021-w2853 - 21 December 2021

Sophie Suzan Thembekwayo to ask the Minister of Health

Which recommendations have been made for children under the age of five to receive vaccination, given that the Omicron virus is reported to affect children under five years the most?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 21 Dec 2021

 

No COVID-19 vaccines are currently approved for use in South Africa in children under the age of 12 years.

Trials in young children have been completed for two inactivated vaccines (Sinovac-CoronaVac and BBIBP-CorV), and these products have been approved by Chinese authorities for use in children 3-17 years. However, although these vaccines have received emergency use approval from the World Health Organization (WHO) ...

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2021-w2753 - 20 December 2021

Naledi Nokukhanya Chirwa to ask the Minister of Health

(a) What plans are underway to ensure that communication around vaccination is not fueled by fear mongering, but that it emphasises personal care and survival and (b) how is the communication translated for different age groups, genders, races, sexuality, geographical occupation and other factors that contribute to language, discourse and understanding that is cognisant of social factors?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 20 Dec 2021

 

(a)-(b) The responsibility of the Department of Health is to ensure that the public receives accurate and factual information from reliable sources in a manner that is reassuring and builds national trust. Part of that accurate information is to ensure that everyone understands the risks of not getting vaccinated and not adhering to personal protective practices like mask- wearing, handwashing, good ventilation and ...

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2021-w2765 - 20 December 2021

Lorato Florence Tito to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, with reference to reports that the Tembisa Hospital released its last two COVID-19 patients on 4 November 2021, his department has engaged with the management of the hospital to find out how they succeeded in treating patients with COVID-19 in order to adapt the strategy for other hospitals to implement it in their operations; if not, why not; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 20 Dec 2021

 

According to the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health,

  • The current Covid-19 guidelines were used in the treatment of patients who were admitted with Covid-19;
  • This period also coincided with the end of the 3rd wave;
  • There is a possibility that the community vaccination has had a positive impact on the number of people getting infected with Covid-10 and a decrease in the number ...
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