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EC Health MEC Gomba tests positive for COVID-19


The Eastern Cape Health Department on Sunday evening announced that Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Gomba is one of the latest government officials to contract the virus.

The department urged all of those who came into contact with the MEC to isolate and test immediately.

It also said Gomba was asymptomatic and would resume her duties from home.


Eastern Cape Health MEC’s figures for Covid-19 patients in ICU don’t add up


converted basement parking garage at Livingstone Hospital would be able to take 73 patients.

At the time the ward did not have access to oxygen.

Kupelo said an “upgrade” was being done to ensure oxygen flow for “

invasive ventilators and that this would be completed by 27 November”.

On Monday 7 December he said that the ward was fully operational.

the severe lack of leadership in the Eastern Cape Department of Health

which was compounding problems in the delivery of healthcare in the province.

“The fact that almost all critical posts at institutional and provincial level have

no permanently employed leaders is of great concern;

it is placing enormous strain on already overworked doctors and insufficiently resourced hospitals.


there are enough beds in provincial hospitals to cope with demand,

she is providing no clarity on future funding for doctors and nurses to care for patients who occupy those beds.


“The lack of funded posts puts a significant strain on doctors;


This situation seems at odds with what the government is saying about the coronavirus in the province.

“The fact that many decisions have to be made centrally at

their CEOs are not able to respond quickly to staffing, equipment and other needs.


leaving hospitals without the ability to respond to their own situations.


the situation with medical care provision has already gone beyond a critical point.