- The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Development have launched a new Multi-sectorial Advisory Committee to help in the Covid-19 response
- The committee will be chaired by Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana
- The committee will be made up of various individuals representing several NGOs, churches and others
The Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize and Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu have launched a new Multi-sectorial Advisory Committee (MAC) on social behavioural change in a effort to strengthen resources in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
News24 reports that Dr Mkhize said the committee would be chaired by Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana of the South African Council of Churches.
The MAC team is composed of individuals from various stakeholders which represent civil society organisations (CSOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), youth organisations, church leaders and traditional leaders, among others.
Dr Mkhize said:
"This MAC is actually inspired by you, our fellow South Africans. It was South Africans who stayed at home for five weeks, who sacrificed their places of worship, sacrificed their sport, sacrificed their favourite restaurant, sacrificed the Sunday surfs, sacrificed seeing family and friends, postponed weddings, avoided shisanyamas, and denied themselves the touch of another human."
The minister added that the work of the committee would be to facilitate diverse stakeholder cooperation in the country's fight against Covid-19. The committee would also facilitate action for fair access to quality healthcare.
East Coast Radio said in an online meeting that Dr Mkhize asserted social change can only be achieved when South Africa unites to fight the pandemic.
Dr Mkhize said the pandemic has changed the way people behave. He said people have changed how they wash their hands, dress, greet and show affection.
He added that behavioural change needs constant reinforcement and affirmation.
Dr Mkhize said the the Covid-19 fight is no longer about what the government says but about each individual.
The minister said in the coming days the country would rise infections, more people would be hospitalised and many would lose their lives.
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