2020-w2067 - 02 October 2020

Delisile Blessing Ngwenya to ask the Minister of Health

What has been the state of the availability of beds in emergency centres in hospitals since the reopening of alcohol sales?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 2 Oct 2020

Hospitals do not have beds in the emergency centers, and as such the information that is required is not available. The Department does however have a record of the head count for the casualty per province for the same period, which is reflected here below, which does not show marked change. This could be due to the fact that the opening of alcohol sales ...

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2020-w2069 - 02 October 2020

Thembi Portia Msane to ask the Minister of Health

By what date will a certain person (name and details furnished) be suspended and investigated for allegedly misleading and covering up an unconsented sterilisation of a certain person (name and details furnished)?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 2 Oct 2020

Information on this matter is still being sought from the provincial Department of Health to enable the Minister to respond to the question. The response will be furnished as soon as the relevant information has been solicited from the Province in this regard.

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2020-w1968 - 17 September 2020

Mogamad Ganief Ebrahim Hendricks to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, in light of the concerns he raised on the harmful effects of alcohol, he will consider moving for an alcohol tax to fund the impact of alcohol on the budget of his department; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, can such funds be used to build treatment centres, especially for use over weekends?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 17 Sep 2020

The proposal of using taxes from alcohol to fund healthcare services is referring to as earmarking. The earmarking is usually legislated and would usually lead to all or a portion of the funds being used to finance healthcare services in general or a specific aspect of healthcare, e.g messaging on the harmful effects of alcohol. This legislative mandate lies with the Minister of ...

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2020-w1965 - 17 September 2020

Philippus Adriaan Van Staden to ask the Minister of Health

(1)From which (a) countries and/or (b) organisations did the Republic receive relief for Covid-19, including donations of medical equipment and personal protective equipment and materials; (2) (a) what was the extent of such donations in terms of items and quantities in each case and (b)(i) where were the specified items deployed and (ii) in what quantities; (3) whether any assistance was rendered to other countries in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, why not; if so, what (a) was the extent of the assistance and (b) are the relevant details in each case; (4) whether any of the material received as foreign aid was diverted to other countries in the form of assistance; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (5) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 17 Sep 2020

  1. (a) List of Countries from which donations were received
  • Peoples Republic of China
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Republic of Korea
  • United States of America
  • Turkey
  • France

(b) List of organisations from whom donations were received

  • The African Union
  • Naspers
  • First National Bank
  • United Pharmaceutical Distributers
  • Gift of the Givers
  • European Union
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Solidarity Fund
  • S A Society ...
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2020-w2056 - 17 September 2020

Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi to ask the Minister of Health

Whether there is Covid-19 testing in mortuaries for deaths by natural causes not determined in other facilities such as hospitals; if so, what number of Covid-19-related deaths have been determined at the mortuaries, besides the number of deaths that were already confirmed to be related to Covid-19?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 17 Sep 2020

COVID-19 testing of the deceased persons is not conducted in mortuaries, however, specimen collection is done at mortuaries according to the Guidelines for COVID-19 Postmortem Testing. The specimens for COVID-19 Postmortem Testing are transported to the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) for testing.

The testing of the deceased persons applies only to persons that have died of natural causes outside of a health facility ...

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2020-w1959 - 17 September 2020

Naledi Nokukhanya Chirwa to ask the Minister of Health

(a) By what date does his department intend to build the gateway clinic that the George Mukhari Hospital management requested his department to build in order to take care of the health needs of the community and lessen the burden on the hospital and (b) what plans are put in place to ease the pressure on the George Mukhari Hospital?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 17 Sep 2020

a) The estimated time-frame for the completion of the project is 6-8 months including the planning, budget allocation, approval of drawings, submission and approval of site development plans to the City of Tshwane.

b) The Project Initiation report (PIR) was submitted to the end-user for approval in early 2020 with several subsequent revisions. The plan at this time includes an Onsite birthing unit, short ...

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2020-w1975 - 17 September 2020

Laetitia Heloise Arries to ask the Minister of Health

Given that in Pacaltsdorp in George in the Western Cape there is only one clinic that must serve four wards, how does he intend to ensure that everyone in the specified area will have access to good and proper medical care?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 17 Sep 2020

Pacaltsdorp Clinic is centrally located in Pacaltsdorp and provides a comprehensive service to a community of about 23 000 people.

Plans are afoot to upgrade the facility through the NHI project funded by the National Department of Health. In the proposed new clinic, the following upgrading will be included: eleven (11) consultation rooms, a pharmacy with a chronic dispensing unit, an emergency room and ...

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2020-w2025 - 17 September 2020

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What (a) are the reasons for performing Covid-19 tests on corpses and (b)(i) are the full details and (ii) is the total number of Covid-19 tests that were performed on corpses; (2) whether he has found this practice to be a waste of resources; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 17 Sep 2020

(1) (a)-(b) (i) The testing of deceased persons applies only to persons that have died of natural causes outside of a health facility where their COVID status is not known. The reason for performing this test is to protect the close contacts of the deceased should the person have been positive then the close contacts may be infected. Secondly our death statistics for ...

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2020-w2030 - 17 September 2020

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

In view of many recent reports of family members burying the wrong body instead of their loved ones, what (a) measures are put in place to ensure that undertakers do not mix up dead bodies as strain on the sector increases with the steep rise in Covid-19 deaths and (b) security measures are placed at the mortuaries to ensure the safety of bodies?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 17 Sep 2020

a) The Department has made provision in the Health Directions published on the 17 July 2020, paragraph 9(5) which states that: “once in the hospital or private mortuary, the body bag may be opened for family members (one at a time) to view the human remains”. This provision allows family members to view their loved ones and the current standard of labelling human ...

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2020-w1976 - 17 September 2020

Ciliesta Catherine Shoana Motsepe to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) number of doctors in the Public Service are unable to perform their duties, because they are either over the age of 60 or have underlying illnesses that make them vulnerable to Covid-19 and (b) steps has he taken to replace them?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 17 Sep 2020

(a) The total number of Medical Doctors in the Public Health Sector, reported by the Provincial Departments of Health as being over the age of 60 is 810, and the number of doctors that are over the age of 60 and/or have underlying illnesses that make them vulnerable to Covid-19 is 250;

(b) The table outlines the steps taken by Provinces in each ...

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