Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
1 minute read
14 Jan 2021
4:47 am

Obstacle to jabs in Eastern Cape

Brian Sokutu

Schools will be vaccine dispensing facilities.

File picture. Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize at the unveiling of six scooters. Picture, Eastern Cape Department of Health, Facebook.

Forty-five percent of the population of Eastern Cape is rural with many people having to travel about five kilometres to healthcare facilities, which is expected to pose a challenge in the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, the portfolio committee on health heard on Wednesday. The provincial government came under fire last year for launching a R10 million scooter project to ferry patients from deep rural areas to healthcare facilities. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize conceded the scooters did not meet basic requirements. Briefing members of parliament, provincial health department acting head Dr Sibongile Zungu said 45% of the province’s population was rural...