Health minister sends 10 experts to flatten Covid-19 curve in Eastern Cape

2020-04-22 09:21
 Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. (Darren Stewart/Gallo Images)

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. (Darren Stewart/Gallo Images)

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The Eastern Cape health department has welcomed Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize's deployment of health experts to the province.

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According to department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo, this will go a long way in helping the Eastern Cape to flatten the Covid-19 curve.

"The experts will give guidance and work with our dedicated health professionals as the fight against the coronavirus continues," Kupelo said.

"The national director, Mzi Neti, an epidemiologist, will visit some hospitals to do an audit of personal protective equipment. This is because the department views the allegations that some of our facilities do not have personal protective equipment (PPEs)."

Superintendent General Dr Thobile Mbengashe issued a directive earlier this month, instructing all health workers from cleaners to doctors to wear PPE at all times.

Kupelo said: "It is important that all our staff have the PPEs as they help prevent the spread of the pandemic."

The team of 10 experts, who arrived in the province on Tuesday, will report directly to Mkhize.

They will give the minister daily updates regarding their work in the province. The team to work with the health experts will be established by Thursday.

"Among their responsibilities will be to report back to the minister as to where the hotspots are in the province, report numbers of people who have tested positive at each district, and how to contain the virus," Kupelo said.

The team of experts, which includes doctors who have worked on other outbreaks, will also work with the Department of Correctional Services, which has recorded 87 positive cases at its East London facility.

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