Motsoaledi: SA hospitals ready for Ebola

Cape Town - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Wednesday rejected claims that hospitals in the country were not ready to deal with an Ebola virus outbreak.

Replying to questions in the National Assembly, Motsoaledi insisted the 11 hospitals designated to deal with possible Ebola cases, and hospital staff, were fully equipped.

DA MP Wilmot James challenged Motsoaledi.

"You are on record saying that we are ready to deal with Ebola, but we know after visiting nine of the 11 hospitals... that three of those hospitals you designated are not ready to deal with Ebola because they lack deep contamination rooms," James said.

Motsoaledi said information from experts who were part of the multi-sectoral national outbreak response team would contradict James.

"All the designated hospitals have received guidelines on viral haemorrhagic fever and Ebola virus... dealing with all aspects of diagnosis, isolation, treatment and even management of possible fatalities that may occur as a result of the Ebola virus disease," he said.

In addition, protective suits and other equipment had been provided to the designated hospitals.

"There are 50 sets of these protective clothing in each of the hospitals except Charlotte Maxeke and Steve Biko, which have received a complement of 100 each, and Frere and Livingstone hospitals which have received a complement of 80 each."

There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in South Africa. 

Werner Nel 2014/09/03 09:26:31 PM
The heading is spot on! Ebola will have a field day....
Celestene Bosch 2014/09/03 09:32:45 PM
The health department, aka state hospitals cannot even cope with everyday minor health issues, how on earth will they cope with Ebola? Hospitals are understaffed and no or malfunctioning medical equipment. Wishfull thinking...
Trevor Whitehead 2014/09/03 09:42:09 PM
Ooo..what's the odds its here already...
Bertus Pretorius 2014/09/03 09:45:27 PM
Has the honorable Motsoaledi visited a state hospital recently for treatment of, I dont know, lets say, a cold? Women give birth in the hallways or outside stairs, waiting for assistance. People with serious illnesses are given a panado or two. Ready? I think not...
Jamill Ahmed 2014/09/03 09:55:53 PM
The only thing south africa is ready for is striking nurses
Euraw Birdman 2014/09/03 09:56:31 PM
Yep. SA is so ready for this. I just heard this gem from a co-worker who's grandmother is in hospital. When she went to visit her this weekend she found out that they'd moved grandma to a isolation ward. When they queried that - grandma was in for a small op - the hospital discovered that they'd put the wrong patient in isolation. Should have been the lady in the bed next to her! And its a private hospital too.
Tshepo Dala Cruz 2014/09/03 10:56:09 PM
We are finished
Kirsty Prinsloo 2014/09/03 11:29:56 PM
England is not the size of south Africa. Their health services are miles above south Africa. However the same could be said when comparing south Africa's health services with those west African countries.
Frankysmashcake 2014/09/03 11:36:25 PM
Dooont worry. . . . . Dr Zumpha he wheel feex yooo. . . . . a showa every hour. . . .
Dingane Masango 2014/09/03 11:44:17 PM
And where does Motsoaledi live?In South Africa?I doubt it.Does he own a television?At least where l leave in eMalahleni (Witbank) live the general hospital won't cope with even a single case!!! @Euraw Birdman l remember just last month a healthy patient underwent a heart op due to some mix up between two doctors ???