Phaahla defends proposed health act regulations
Amid some opposition to the proposed regulations to the National Health Act, Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla has defended the draft measures, saying they will assist with keeping South Africa’s Covid-19 infections and positivity rate low.
The minister along with officials from the Department of Health on Thursday morning briefed parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Health on amendments to the health regulations that are out for public comment.
Phaahla said the regulations, aimed at dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and other notifiable conditions outside the national state of disaster, were necessary to maintain the country’s current low positivity rate, hospitals admissions and deaths.
The minister said the measures would ensure that government did not lose out on the gains it had made over the last two years by managing the pandemic through the Disaster Management Act.
“We want to delay any rise in new infections so that we don’t burden our health facilities and our health workers who are already very stretched and have had quite a lot of stress as a result of the previous waves,” Phaahla said.