The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal has called for swift intervention as health facilities in the province begin to shut down due to shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Hospitals are struggling with access to PPE. There is a shortage of masks, gloves, and alcohol-based disinfectants at various hospitals,” said Dr. Rishigen Viranna, who is DA’s spokesperson on health in KZN.
This is in contrast with the situation in Gauteng where, according to Gauteng Department of Health spokesperson Kwara Kekana, there is a “continuous procurement” of PPE.
Both were speaking to Salaamedia’s Azhar Vadi on The Alternative View.
This comes after the National Education, Health & Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) made public its intention to take the Department of Health to court for its failure to provide its members in the medical field with adequate resources and protective equipment as they stand in the frontline of the battle against coronavirus.
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