HEALTH COMMITTEES TO ASSESS READINESS OF HOSPITALS AND QUARANTINE SITES IN PROVINCES

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Parliament, Monday, 25 May 2020 – The Portfolio Committee on Health and the Select Committee on Health and Social Services will this week embark on a joint oversight visit to the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal provinces to assess the state of quarantine sites and readiness of public hospitals to deal with Covid-19. Also, the committees will visit private health facilities in those provinces.

Since interprovincial travel is not allowed under the level 4 lockdown, the committees have deployed their members to conduct oversight visits in provinces where they reside. The committees have prioritised provinces with high numbers of confirmed Covid-19 cases.

The provinces that will be visited are Western Cape, which of 24 May stands at 14 740 confirmed Covid-19 cases and KwaZulu Natal with 1 815 cases.

Details are as follows
Western Cape, Tuesday 26 May

Tygerberg Hospital 10:00
National Health Laboratory Services 12:00
Cape Town International Convention Centre 14:30

KwaZulu Natal, Tuesday 26 May

General Justice Gizenga Mpanza Hospital (Stanger Hospital) 10:00
Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital 12:00

ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HEALTH DR SIBONGISENI DHLOMO