2020-w1348 - 31 July 2020

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

What total number of healthcare workers have been lost to the (a) public and (b) private health sectors due to the Covid-19 pandemic in each province?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 31 Jul 2020

The National Department of Health is still collating this information from the Provinces. The question will therefore be fully answered as soon as the National Department of Health has received such information from the Provinces.

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2020-w1476 - 31 July 2020

Naledi Nokukhanya Chirwa to ask the Minister of Health

By what date will he (a) ensure that the seven vacancies in the maternity ward at the Mamelodi Hospital are filled to ease the burden on existing staff (details furnished) and (b) prioritise and address the national crisis of shortages of (i) midwifery, (ii) nurses and (iii) sisters in maternity wards in public hospitals?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 31 Jul 2020

a) A total of 72 posts are attached to both the Maternity Ward and the Neo Natal Ward, allocated per category type as follows: There are 45 Professional Nurses (PNs) of which 27 are assigned to the Maternity ward, this number includes 2 PNs already issued with job offers and are expected to resume duty on the 1st of August 2020. There are also ...

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2020-w1522 - 31 July 2020

Evelyn Rayne Wilson to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With reference to certain incidents that took place in Polokwane on 30 June 2020 (details furnished), what are the reasons that the members of the emergency medical services (EMS) team at the Polokwane Provincial Hospital have not yet been issued with masks after months of lockdown to prepare the health system for the Covid-19 pandemic; (2) what number of other (a) EMS teams and (b) hospitals in Limpopo are still not equipped with the appropriate personal protective equipment, despite assurances that the Limpopo Department of Health has prepared for the growing pandemic; (3) whether he intends to take any action to ensure optimal availability of personal protective equipment in the Limpopo health sector; if not, why not; if so, what action?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 31 Jul 2020

1. All EMS personnel in Limpopo Province have been issued with personal protective equipment (PPE) from the onset of the lockdown. Limpopo Department of Health procured an additional 5000 three-layer cloth face masks and issued each employee with two face masks. EMS orders and collects PPE from the departmental pharmaceutical depot on a weekly basis to ensure that there is constant supply.

2. There ...

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2020-w1461 - 31 July 2020

Magdalena Duduzile Hlengwa to ask the Minister of Health

Whether the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted some critical vacancies in his department; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 31 Jul 2020

No, COVID-19 has had little impact on the filling of vacancies within the National Department of Health due to the fact that we issued directions in terms of regulation 10(1)(a) of the regulations made under section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002, (Act 57 of 2002). Section 2(1) states that “the recruitment process in relation to critical COVID-19 related ...

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2020-w1325 - 31 July 2020

Chantel King to ask the Minister of Health

(a) What is the total cost of the scooter ambulances purchased in the Eastern Cape and (b) to whom was the tender awarded?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 31 Jul 2020

a) The cost of the 100 scooters is R10,148,750-00 inclusive of VAT.

b) The tender was awarded to Fabkompt (Pty) Ltd.

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2020-w1315 - 21 July 2020

Magdalena Duduzile Hlengwa to ask the Minister of Health

How has his department prepared for the escalating mental health crisis as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 21 Jul 2020

The following are the key interventions that the National Department of Health has implemented:

1. Guidelines issued on Mental Health Interventions during the Covid-19 disaster dated 02 April 2020

The National Department of Health developed and provided guidelines on mental health interventions that should be implemented during the Covid-19 disaster. These were made available for implementation to the Heads of Health Departments in all ...

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2020-w1477 - 21 July 2020

Naledi Nokukhanya Chirwa to ask the Minister of Health

Given the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on public health facilities with its diminishing supply of oxygen that is becoming a crisis, what plans does his department have and/or will it implement to secure resources that will ensure that the supply of oxygen for Covid-19 patients will not be under stress?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 21 Jul 2020

The National Department of Health (NDoH) and National Treasury have together estimated the quantity of oxygen required to meet the COVID-19 surge demands based on the SURGE modelling data. National Treasury has thus expanded the existing contracts to cater for the anticipated additional needs. The two Departments have also undertaken a process of engaging the suppliers to ensure that they can supply the demand ...

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2020-w1220 - 21 July 2020

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

What total number of persons who passed away while on ventilators at (a) private and (b) public health facilities were (i) smokers, (ii) non-smokers and/or (iii) former smokers in each of the past five calendar years to date?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 21 Jul 2020

The Honourable Member is kindly informed that the information being requested by this question is not readily available from the National Department of Health, but we rely on the Provinces to furnish us with such information to enable me to respond to the Question.

I have accordingly requested all the MECs for Health to furnish me with the relevant details and I will provide ...

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2020-w1349 - 21 July 2020

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

(1)What safety measures have been put in place at health institutions to ensure that mentally-challenged patients are safe and inter alia adhering to social distancing to control the spread of Covid-19; (2) what number of new intern doctors (a) have been placed and (b) are still waiting to be placed considering that his department can use all hands on deck at this time of the Covid-19 pandemic?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 21 Jul 2020

The Honourable Member is kindly informed that the information being requested by this question is not readily available from the National Department of Health, but we rely on the Provinces to furnish us with such information to enable me to respond to the Question.

I have accordingly requested all the MECs for Health to furnish me with the relevant details and I will provide ...

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2020-w1515 - 21 July 2020

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Health

What total number of healthcare professionals have (a) tested positive and (b)(i) recovered from and (ii) died as a result of contracting Covid-19 in each municipality since his reply to question 661 on 8 June 2020?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 21 Jul 2020

The Honourable Member is kindly informed that the information being requested by this question is not readily available from the National Department of Health, but we rely on the Provinces to furnish us with such information to enable me to respond to the Question.

I have accordingly requested all the MECs for Health to furnish me with the relevant details and I will provide ...

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