- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mhkize says the nation's Health Department is highly under-funded
- He was speaking during the health budget debate on Thursday
- Mzansi social media users were definitely not impressed and took to the comments section to share their thoughts
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says his department needs more money than it currently has to properly treat South Africa's patients. The Minister was addressing parliament on Thursday.
In the short clip shared by Enca, he wearily added future projections show his department is underfunded, which couldn't come at a worse time given Mzansi's expected third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
South African social media users were left in awe and wondered how the nations R60-billion health budget could still be insufficient. They took to the comments section to share their frustrations.
Check out some of their comments below:
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Christopher J Bass:
"I knew this was coming the moment a third wave was mentioned and numbers of infections "increasing". This is their way of getting money. Even Ramaphosa lashing out at richer countries to support poorer countries. It's not about real life issues, it's about getting more money"
"Can't remember when last I heard the minister delivering good news that give us good rays of hope."
Lebogang Lebzito Phetlhe:
"All departments are in need of money, I haven't heard a single department saying they have enough funds."
Malome Wa Mafahla:
"The Health department never showed signs of improvement over the years. Everything has just been going downhill. No amount of money can restore public healthcare as long as ANC continue to lead the way they lead."
"If his own government would stop stealing taxpayers money there would be ample, what a joke of a statement."
Earlier, Briefly News reported that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has warned South Africa that the country is in the grip of a third deadly wave of Covid-19. Mkhize cautioned that the number of new infections is rising signalling that the country is entering a third wave of the deadly virus.
According to News24, Mkhize was warned provinces to prepare for the 3rd wave by meeting regularly and implement contact tracking and quarantine as their main reaction to the new wave. On Tuesday the country recorded 1 548 new cases and 71 new deaths due to the virus.
"As of today, the total number of confirmed #COVID19 cases is 1 599 272 the total number of deaths is 54 896 the total number of recoveries is 1 519 258 and the total number of vaccines administered is 414 372."
The third wave coincides with the detection of the new variant first identified in India which has made the virus more infectious according to Business Day. The new variant, known as B.1.617.2 has spread to at least 17 other counties including Britain, the US and Iran.
Mkhize said that new variants are inevitable as the virus multiplies and mutates as it is passed from person to person.
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