13.8.2020 05:40 pm
Since the start of the year, 118 babies have been abandoned at birth in various public hospitals across Gauteng.
In a statement on Thursday, the Gauteng Department of Health said it was concerned by the number of newborn infants being abandoned at the health facilities.
KZN MEC for health Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu says urgent and decisive action is needed in such cases in order to send a strong message to managers who apparently abdicate their duties.
The number of infected healthcare workers was 24 104, with 181 fatalities recorded as at 2 August.
According to the provincial health department, the workers are raising concerns around safety in the workplace.
Recent evidence suggests that at least half the Covid-19 deaths in SA remain unreported, in contrast to suggestions that the mortality rate is stabilising and the number of active cases is going down.
Gcaleka said if she found there was indeed improper conduct, maladministration and gross violation of human rights at the hospitals, her office would intervene.
The SA Medical Research Council and the department of science and innovation have provided R10 million funding for the first South African Covid-19 vaccine trial.
The pandemic may just have the tiniest of silver linings, in that it forced greater public private partnership, highlighted the under-investment in healthcare, and increased international collaborative efforts in treatment and research.
A clinic in the province had to be shut down after it emerged a nurse had been coming to work while positive, while nurses at another facility claim they have been forced to report to work, despite showing symptoms and awaiting their Covid-19 test results.
A fact-finding mission uncovered lack of adequate provision of PPE, chronic staff shortages, non-compliance with health and safety regulations, as well as victimisation of workers, in a dysfunctional district healthcare system.
The association has urged all healthcare workers and administrators, who have evidence of wrongdoing, to come forward and report it.
The two scientists added that the preliminary results indicated that, of the group tested, 12% and 2% of Covid-19 deaths were attributable to HIV and TB respectively.
Corruption is a huge underlying factor which threatens any attempt to improve the health system, says researcher at Corruption Watch, Melusi Ncana.
In the period between 6 May to 14 July, there was an excess of 17,090 deaths from natural causes.