2020-w1565 - 31 August 2020

Naledi Nokukhanya Chirwa to ask the Minister of Health

In view of the fact that 4 800 healthcare workers were infected by Covid-19 at the end of June 2020, what (a) is the flagging system that has been put in place by his department to administer the testing of workers and speedy results, (b) is the total number of infected community healthcare workers to date, (c) are the reasons that danger pay has not been implemented noting the dangers that healthcare workers are faced with during the pandemic, especially those in (i) casualty, (ii) emergency and (iii) ICU wards?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 31 Aug 2020

a) The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) has prioritised the testing of healthcare workers and provision of results as part of the targeted testing guidelines.

b) Nationally 30,741 healthcare workers have been reported to be infected with COVID-19 as at 20 August 2020. A process to electronically account for individual healthcare worker on COVID-19 infections and outcomes is being initiated. This will enable ...

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2020-w1964 - 31 August 2020

Naledi Nokukhanya Chirwa to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to the open letter written to him by a nurse at SS Gida Hospital in Keiskammahoek in the Eastern Cape in June 2020 (details furnished), detailing the level of neglect at that hospital, which included a lack of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and in-hospital infection of patients by Covid-19, what (a) steps has he taken to ensure that the hospital is provided with sufficient PPEs and (b) has he done to hold those responsible for the neglect at SS Gida Hospital to account?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 31 Aug 2020

a) According to hospital management, SS Gida Hospital has not had a stock-out of PPEs. This is supported by site visits conducted by NEHAWU on 29th of April 2020, provincial office team on 06 May 2020 and district management on 20 June 2020. SS Gida was allocated appropriate volumes of PPEs by the Port Elizabeth depot. However, the shortage at the facility occurred as ...

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2020-w1894 - 31 August 2020

Naledi Nokukhanya Chirwa to ask the Minister of Health

(a) How is his department planning to match the increase of approximately 300 beds at the George Mukhari Hospital with an increase in the number of medical staff to care for the extra patients, (b) by what number of beds has his department increased the bed-capacity in each province and (c) what number of healthcare workers have been added to provide for the increased bed-capacity in each province?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 31 Aug 2020

a) The Department is planning to increase the number of medical staff to care for the extra patients to match the increase of approximately 300 beds at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital. The information regarding the breakdown of the medical staff that will be employed to care for the extra patients is attached as (annexure A).

b) The total numbers of increased bed capacity ...

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2020-w1938 - 31 August 2020

Evelyn Rayne Wilson to ask the Minister of Health

Whether any engagements were held between his department and other departments before 5G towers were introduced and approved in the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 31 Aug 2020

No. The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) responsible for government telecommunications in the country has not yet published a 5G deployment policy at this stage.

According to the policy direction on High Demand Spectrum that was gazetted by the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies in July 2019, the roadmap for 5G deployment in South Africa will be developed after a study ...

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2020-w1903 - 31 August 2020

Ntombovuyo Veronica Mente to ask the Minister of Health

(a) What number of public health facilities in the country are designated facilities for sterilisation, (b) what is the name of each specified facility and (c) where is each facility located?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 31 Aug 2020

(a) 571

(b) and (c) Please refer to the table below:

Table 1 - Facilities offering sterilization services

District

Local Municipality (b)

Facility Name (a)

EASTERN CAPEPROVINCE

Joe Gqabi District Municipality

ec Walter Sisulu Local Municipality

ec Aliwal North Hospital

Joe Gqabi District Municipality

ec Walter Sisulu Local Municipality

ec Aliwal North Hospital

Chris Hani District Municipality

ec Engcobo Local Municipality

ec All Saints Hospital ...

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2020-w1939 - 31 August 2020

Evelyn Rayne Wilson to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department has held any public meetings to engage and/or educate South Africans on the potential health effects the 5G carries; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 31 Aug 2020

No. Public meetings by government to engage and educate South Africans on the potential effects of 5G will be informed by the 5G Deployment Policy which is envisaged to be released sometime next year by the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies.

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2020-w1858 - 31 August 2020

Mgcini Tshwaku to ask the Minister of Health

What happened to the R3,5 million that his department allocated to refurbish the Laetitia Bam Day Hospital in Port Elizabeth?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 31 Aug 2020

According to the Eastern Cape Department of Health, of the allocated budget to the Project, 4 (four) payment certificates were processed and paid to the contractor appointed (Ikhono Projects) which amounted to a total of R461,520.40, with a retention of R24,290.54 still held back by the Eastern Cape Department of Health.

Due to the Contractor initiating a termination of the ...

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2020-w1937 - 31 August 2020

Evelyn Rayne Wilson to ask the Minister of Health

Whether his department has investigated the effect that electromagnetic exposure may have on the health of young children; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 31 Aug 2020

The National Department of Health is guided by the World Health Organization (WHO) with regards to such matters.

WHO established the International Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Project in 1996. The project investigates the health impact of exposure to electric and magnetic fields in the frequency range 0-300 GHz and advises national authorities on EMF radiation protection[1].

Scientific studies suggest that EMFs are unlikely to ...

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2020-w1833 - 31 August 2020

Patrick Sindane to ask the Minister of Health

What (a) are the names of all the companies that were awarded tenders to supply personal protective equipment in each province and (b) is the total amount of each specified tender?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 31 Aug 2020

(a)-(b) The attached Annexure A provides the details in this regard.

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2020-w1917 - 31 August 2020

Joseph Job McGluwa to ask the Minister of Health

Whether, with reference to the reply by the Minister of Home Affairs to question 1308 on 20 July 2020, there have been outbreaks of Covid-19 in the areas where the Chinese nationals had visited during their stay in the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Health on 31 Aug 2020

The Department of Health does not keep records of the areas that Chinese nationals visit in South Africa. Furthermore, the laboratory requisition form does not include nationality hence we cannot report on the diagnosis of persons of Chinese Nationality.

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