- A medical doctor caused a stir, as a recent video went viral
- Dr Mtwakwazi Bula expressed her view that Covid-19 testing should only be done when really necessary and on patients displaying strong symptoms
- Her views were backed up by Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize, but social media users slammed them for the stance
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has revealed that Gauteng is expected to reach high levels of Covid-19 infections.
In fact, it is predicted that a surge in cases will see the province recording the highest number of infections in the country.
This high rate of infections and low number of test kits may have prompted Mkhize to share a recent video, which featured a Capetonian doctor.
Via his Twitter handle, Mkhize shared a video and included the caption:
"Dr Mtwakwazi Bula says #COVID19 tests should be reserved for those who show symptoms of the virus."
The tweet can be viewed below.
Bula's view is that the health department can't afford to test people for Covid-19 unless there is strong evidence to suggest they may have the virus.
She explained that many people came to her clinic requesting confirmation of their health to present to their employers.
Bula stated that tests can only be done when a patient exhibits a number of Covid-19 symptoms. She also urged the private sector not to have this expectation of staff.
Briefly.co.za noted that the video had a polarising effect, with many questioning this stance.
Dumisani Nene (@Dumisani_Nene2) said
"and then the asymptomatic can readily spread the virus without knowing their statuses. I personally think its a STUPID idea...yes I said it STUPID."
Covid-19 (@callringz) added,
"This government is looking to cut corners now so they can loot some more."
MINDSET AND ACTION ARE RESOURCES IN SCARCITY (@KEN) said,
"And what about people who are asymptomatic but CAN spread the virus? Fix the health department doctor and do as many tests as possible buy those kits. Fix the health facilities as well. I thank her for her words as l end, this tweet is nonsense.
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