2021-w2340 - 18 November 2021

Magdalena Duduzile Hlengwa to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, with regard to the recent roll-out of the electronic proof of vaccination for COVID-19 in the Republic, except for international travel purposes, the Government (a) intends to use the electronic proof of vaccination and/or any other proof thereof, to regulate who accesses services and facilities in the public sector and (b) will allow the private sector to regulate access to goods and services and employment, among others, using the proof of vaccination; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, for what purposes and/or ends will the electronic proof of vaccination be deployed in the Republic?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 18 Nov 2021

a) The Digital Vaccination Certificate is a digital version of the paper vaccination card that can be verified by a third party through the scanning of the QR code to establish the validity of the Vaccination Certificate. Government does not intend to use proof of vaccination to regulate access to public sector services and facilities.

b) Within the borders of South Africa, the primary use ...

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2021-w2286 - 18 November 2021

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

What has been the vacancy rates for medical doctors in (a) clinics and (b) hospitals in each province in the past three years?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 18 Nov 2021

a) The tables below indicate the vacancy rate percentages per province and for the last 3 years in Clinic’s (Reports as of September of each year)

Clinics - Medical Officer / Specialist Vacancy rate as at September 2019

Row Labels

Eastern Cape

Free State

Gauteng

KwaZulu Natal

Limpopo Province

Mpumalanga

North - West

Northern Cape

Western Cape

Grand Total

Filled

57

74

25

25 ...

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2021-w2280 - 18 November 2021

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What total number of laboratories in his department are currently (a) functional and (b) non-functional in each province; (2) what (a) total number of laboratory tests still need to be conducted, (b) is the current backlog and (c) is the monthly demand for laboratory tests nationally?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 18 Nov 2021

(1) (a) All four (4) forensic chemistry Laboratories are functional. There is one (1) laboratory each in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

(b) None.

(2) (a)-(b) Total number of laboratory tests still to be conducted (including the backlog) as at 30 September 2021 refer to Table 1 below.

TABLE 1

Test to be conducted as at

Ante-mortem drunken driving

Post-mortem drunken driving

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2021-w2348 - 18 November 2021

Naledi Nokukhanya Chirwa to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department conducted any comprehensive investigation into the allegations of the Tembisa decuplets as reported by the Independent Media Group; if not, why not; if so, what has been the findings in relation to the existence of these babies?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 18 Nov 2021

Gauteng Provincial Department of conducted the investigation about the allegations made about the Tembisa decuplets and produced a report in this regard, that confirms that Ms Gosiame Thamara Sithole was never pregnant. It is therefore not necessary for the national Department of health to conduct further investigations. The report is confidential in terms of the law.

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2021-w2285 - 18 November 2021

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

(1)Whether his department has done any modelling forecasting regarding the date by which the Republic will achieve 40 million vaccinations; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the model, including the assumptions that were made in the forecasting processes; (2) whether he will furnish Ms H Ismail with any proof of delivery of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 18 Nov 2021

1. The Department is working against the target of reaching 70% of adults (28 million persons) vaccinated with at least one dose by end of December 2021. The number of vaccinations is dependent on the number of persons vaccinated with Pfizer, which is a two dose vaccine. As of 16 November, the Department has vaccinated 16 million persons; however there have been 24.2 million ...

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2021-w2311 - 18 November 2021

Emma Louise Powell to ask the Minister of Health

(a) What are the reasons that only girls and not boys are being vaccinated as part of the Human Papillomavirus vaccine roll-out and (b) on what scientific evidence does the approach rely?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 18 Nov 2021

The Human Papillomavirus vaccination programme was implemented in South Africa in 2014 with the aim of reducing the incidence of cervical cancer. A recently published study showed that women - now in their 20s - who were vaccinated against HPV in England at age 12 or 13 years experienced an 87% reduction in cervical cancer compared to the expected rate among unvaccinated women[1] ...

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2021-w2344 - 18 November 2021

Naledi Nokukhanya Chirwa to ask the Minister of Health

What total number of clinics situated in townships in (a) Gauteng and (b) the Eastern Cape offer (i) occupational therapy and (ii) speech therapy for children with speech challenges?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 18 Nov 2021

a) Gauteng

(i) Occupational Therapy services

There are seventy-nine (79) clinics that are situated in the townships in Gauteng that offer occupational therapy onsite and forty-four (44) on outreach basis

(ii) Speech Therapy services for children with speech challenges

There are seventy-nine (79) clinics that are situated in the townships in Gauteng province that offer speech therapy onsite and forty-four (44) on outreach basis ...

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2021-w2398 - 18 November 2021

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

What is the duration of vaccine immunity of the (a) Pfizer, (b) Moderna and (c) Johnson & Johnson vaccines?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 18 Nov 2021

Conclusive evidence regarding the duration of immunity following immunisation against Covid-19 is not currently available.

Vaccine effectiveness has been shown to be maintained over time for severe/critical disease, but does diminish for mild-moderate disease. The durability of a particular vaccine is dependent on the variants of concern circulating at the time, and the durability of the immune response of the primary vaccine series.

It ...

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2021-w2371 - 18 November 2021

Vuyani Pambo to ask the Minister of Health

In light of the worst global pandemic, in which we have seen public health overstretched and demands on private health going beyond this sector’s capacity, what (a) has he found will be the consequences of the decisions by the Council for Medical Schemes which are outlined by Circulars 80 and 82 of December 2019 and Circular 56 of 2015 and (b) impact will this have on the ability of low-earning households to have access to quality medical care?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 18 Nov 2021

a) The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) issued circulars 80 and 82 in December 2019 based on two sets of research results at its disposal. The main message contained in these circulars was directed at the industry indicating that the exemption that had been granted to the primary insurance products that had applied to the CMS previously may not be granted again at the ...

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2021-w2372 - 18 November 2021

Ciliesta Catherine Shoana Motsepe to ask the Minister of Health

What are the reasons that his department continues to prohibit hospital visits by families of those who are admitted to hospitals, noting that the Republic is now on Alert Level 1 lockdown?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 18 Nov 2021

The Department of Health is taking serious precautionary measures by prohibiting hospital visits by the families of the patients that are admitted within the facilities because the threat of Covid-19 virus is still real. While the country in alert level 1, we remain concerned about the possible increase in infections especially because there are still a number of cases on infections that are reported ...

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