Western Cape health authorities warns that healthcare system is at risk

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Western Cape health chiefs have warned that the country’s healthcare system is at risk from the disruption of supply chains caused by this week’s looting and violence in KwaZulu-Natal, reported Times Live (16 July 2021). At a media briefing, head of health

Keith Cloete said National Health Department was considering what to do with vaccination supplies earmarked for KwaZulu-Natal, where looting has severely disrupted the rollout. The Western Cape was preparing for an influx of vaccine doses if KwaZulu-Natal’s allocation was redistributed.

Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo said though no incidents of looting were reported in the Western Cape, taxi violence was adding

to the strain on the healthcare system.  Western Cape exceeded 30 000 on Wednesday for the first time. Meanwhile “pop-up” vaccination sites had been successfully operated for the first time at Sassa pay points in areas including Philippi and Delft, and more were planned.

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