2021-w2744 - 20 December 2021

Khethamabala Petros Sithole to ask the Minister of Health

In light of the United Nations Children’s Fund’s release of the annual global HIV/Aids statistics, what has his department done to ensure that children and adolescents have access to HIV/Aids treatment during the past two financial years?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 20 Dec 2021

 

The Department has always paid special attention on the children and adolescent access by monitoring the age group in the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets on HIV and AIDS treatment.

The prevention of Mother to child HIV transmission is intended to reduce vertical transmission, the target is that all pregnant HIV positive women should give birth to HIV negative children, in that way this will ...

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2021-w2735 - 20 December 2021

Magdalena Duduzile Hlengwa to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department has found that the series of outreaches under the banner of the Vooma Vaccination Weekend has been effective in getting persons, who would otherwise not vaccinate, to get vaccinated; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 20 Dec 2021

 

Three Vooma Weekends have been held, namely 3-5 October 2021, 12-14 November 2021 and 3-5 December 2021. Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday is regarded as a “weekend”.

The impact of Vooma weekends (in increasing vaccinations) was independently evaluated by Genesis-Analytics.

Vooma I: 3-5 October 2021: A total of 372,252 vaccinations were conducted over the three day period, and this upward trend was sustained ...

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2021-w2759 - 20 December 2021

Sophie Suzan Thembekwayo to ask the Minister of Health

What is his department’s state of readiness to fight against the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 20 Dec 2021

 

The department started planning for the fourth wave based on the experience from other countries and the advice from the scientists about the third wave. In this regard, the department worked with the provinces, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the scientists and all other stakeholders to prepare for this fourth wave. The preparations resulted in the development ...

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2021-w2689 - 20 December 2021

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

With regard to the Digital Vibes tender, (a) what was the extent of vetting processes that were conducted by his department and (b) were the qualifications of team members and individuals in Digital Vibes vetted?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 20 Dec 2021

 

The vetting conducted entailed the following:

  1. (i) Checked if Digital Vibes is fit to do business with the department by assessing its capability and capacity through functionality evaluation which was part of terms of reference.
    1. Checked if the Digital Vibes operates in the required business sector in so far as their registration with CSD.
    1. Checked the legitimacy by verifying its existence through the ...
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2021-w2737 - 20 December 2021

Magdalena Duduzile Hlengwa to ask the Minister of Health

With the looming fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the steady increase of infections, what total (a) number of (i) hospital beds and (ii) oxygen tanks have been made available in each province in anticipation of the potential increase in hospitalisations and (b) consultation has his department had with provincial departments of health following the news of the detection of the new Omicron variant in the Republic?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 20 Dec 2021

 

  1. Total number of –
    1. Number of Hospital beds

The country has a total of 108 805 general beds and 5616 critical care beds all available for admission of Covid-19 patients.

    1. Oxygen tanks that have been made available in each province

The oxygen tanks are allocated per hospital and not per province. The size of the tank is based on the size of the ...

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2021-w2688 - 20 December 2021

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, with regard to the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration Programme, he considered the South African rand to US dollar exchange rate when sending money to Cuba; if not, why not; if so, do students receive their allocated stipend, or is the charges and/or fees occurring in the specified exchange subtracted from their monthly stipend amount?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 20 Dec 2021

 

In terms of the Agreement between South Africa and Cuba, the amount payable for tuition fees for students in Cuba is billed in US dollars and payable by the National Department of Health based on the exchange rate at the date of transfer. The amount payable is fixed per level of study per student. Stipend is also billed in US dollars.

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2021-w2774 - 20 December 2021

Annacleta Mathapelo Siwisa to ask the Minister of Health

How ready is his department with reference to hospitals and clinics to accommodate the new cases of COVID-19 that are on the rise?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 20 Dec 2021

 

The department is ready to accommodate the new cases of Covid-19 that are on the rise. All hospitals and clinics have been prepared for the fourth wave as follows:

Both hospitals and clinics have been allocated adequate resources such as beds, oxygen supplies, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and respiratory support devices. The health care workers have also been allowed to take leave before ...

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2021-w2687 - 20 December 2021

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, with regard to the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration Programme, there are currently any corruption charges against the specified programme; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 20 Dec 2021

 

There are no corruption charges that have been brought to my attention regarding the Nelson Mandela Fidela Castro Collaboration Programme.

However, when the National Department of Health conducted an internal audit and reconciliation with the Provinces on this Programme from October to December 2021, it was not conducted for the Gauteng Department of Health.

The details from the Gauteng Department of Health are ...

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2021-w2756 - 20 December 2021

Shirley Motshegoane Mokgotho to ask the Minister of Health

On what date is it envisaged that the community of Ward 11 in Moses Kotane Local Municipality will be provided with a mobile clinic, as members of the community are currently forced to travel a long distance to the Mogwase Community Health Clinic and to Ward 12?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 20 Dec 2021

 

The community of Ward 11 in Moses Kotane Local Municipality is receiving Health Services through Mobile clinic two times a month (bi-weekly). The next visit was scheduled on the 10 December 2021. The clinic that normally serves ward 11 is Ramokokastad clinic, which is currently closed due to the destruction that was caused during the unrests in the village. This clinic will be ...

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2021-w2754 - 20 December 2021

Naledi Nokukhanya Chirwa to ask the Minister of Health

In light of the fact that the 2020-21 report of the Auditor-General of South Africa to the National Assembly highlighted the general failure by his department and entities reporting to him to adhere to deviations and exceptions legislation, which then contributes to the high irregular expenditure and to an extent the corruption in his department, (a) how does he intend to resolve the specified crisis in (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him and (b) on what date it is envisaged that he will outline tangible measures and/or efforts working towards resolving this?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 20 Dec 2021

 

(a) The department has a Loss Control Committee to deal with the Irregular Expenditure and do an analysis on some of the cases of disagreements related to the interpretation of irregular expenditure categorised under emergency procurement in line with the circular directive issued by National Treasury.

(i)-(ii) The department including the entities implemented processes to ensure end users are conscientise to comply with ...

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