Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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30 Mar 2021
9:21 am

Eastern Cape health department says it’s ‘winning’ Covid-19 fight

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Despite challenges like staffing shortages, the province says third wave preparations are being intensified ahead of the Easter holidays.

Doctors in empty hospital corridor | Picture: iStock

The Eastern Cape department of health has denied claims its health services are on the brink of collapse. The DA has decried the deterioration of tertiary hospitals in the province, which it says are facing severe staffing shortages. Shadow health MEC Jane Cowley on Monday said the Eastern Cape’s two training hospitals were on the verge of collapse, with skyrocketing vacancy rates for specialist posts. According to health department spokesperson Sizwe Khupelo, the department has the least number of active Covid-19 cases, at only 300. Preparations for the third wave of the pandemic are being intensified, he says, amid concerns...