Sat. Sep 26th, 2020

Mkhize accused of duping the DA on progress of North West field hospital

The DA says a field hospital in the North West, which Mkhize claimed was 90% complete, is allegedly still untouched.

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused Health Minister Zweli Mkhize of deceiving the party about the progress on a field hospital in the North West. 

According to the DA, Mkhize said the field hospital was almost complete when in actual fact, there is nothing at the site. 

MKHIZE ALLEGEDLY MISLEADS THE DA REGARDING FIELD HOSPITAL 

The DA took to Facebook on Thursday 6 August asking “what’s going on?” 

This after the party accused Mkhize of duping them. The party said that Mkhize, back in June, answered its parliamentary question and stated that the North West Maseve Field Hospital was 90% complete, including 200 beds in Rustenburg.

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“This morning the DA Shadow Minister of Health, Siviwe Gwarube visited the provincial hospital and the field hospital, it remains an empty field and no construction is happening. What’s going on?” it said. 

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“This is why oversight is critical by MPs. Receiving responses through parliamentary questions is not enough. We will now follow up on this matter urgently,” it added. 

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As of Thursday 6 August, there are 21 044 positive COVID-19 cases in the North West. There have been 109 deaths and 9 527 people have made a recovery. 

‘BED OCCUPANCY FAIRLY LOW

Mkhize, while visiting KwaZulu-Natal to assess it’s readiness for a spike in infections, said the province needs to be ready. Mkhize predicts a spike larger than in the Western Cape in the next week. 

“I am satisfied that the records of number of patients and the recording of the epidemic is being done properly. Secondly, we have seen that the number of positive patients are increasing but what is important for us is that there are no hospitals that are full,” he said. 

Mkhize said the province should be able to accommodate an influx of COVID-19 patients.

“The bed occupancy is still fairly low. That means we will be able to accommodate many of the patients that may come up…I think that the province is on course in terms of readiness,” he added. 

“In Gauteng, we found the admission wards were where the bottleneck was. We have not reached bed capacity. Nasrec field Hospital has 500 beds, during my visit only about 150 of these beds were filled,” he said. 

Mkhize will continue his visit to the province on Friday 7 August. 

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