The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday welcomed Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s intervention, which includes the appointment of a task team to tackle the ongoing invasion of hospital wards at RK Khan by monkeys.
On Wednesday, Motsoaledi conducted a site visit at the state facility, which has long struggled with the primates invading the hospital’s kitchen. The animals recently invaded the wards and were caught in a video that went viral on social media.
DA KZN spokesperson on health Dr Imran Keeka said in a statement: “Regrettably, RK Khan is not the only medical facility that is affected by these primates, which are also causing problems at Durban’s Prince Mshiyeni Memorial and Wentworth hospitals.”
He said the DA would ask Motsoaledi to extend any interventions to both facilities, adding that the video that went viral had reportedly failed to show an incident where a patient was bitten by a monkey.
The DA would verify this with KZN member of the executive council for health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and ask what action was taken as a result.
“While the DA welcomes minister Motsoaledi’s attention when it comes to this invasion, he is doing us no big favour,” Dr Keeka said. “The problems within KZN’s department of health are far bigger than ‘monkey business’ at a few hospitals.
“It is also bizarre that it should take the minister to deal with this scourge, a situation that stems from the fact that MEC Dhlomo simply ignores any serious matters when they are raised with him,” Dr Keeka added.
– African News Agency