Department of Health in KZN evaluates impact of protests and looting on healthcare services

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The Department of Health in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is evaluating the impact of last week’s unrest on the province’s healthcare services and infrastructure.

Many community healthcare centres and clinics were forced to either close or work with skeletal staff.

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Head of Department of Health in the province, Dr Sandile Tshabalala says the secondary vaccine sites were the hardest hit, as they were forced to close.

“Because of the unrest that we have seen the past few days, the vaccination program in KwaZulu-Natal was disturbed. The disturbance was because the people who wanted to go to the vaccination site could not reached the vaccination site.”

“The nurses sometimes who want to go to the vaccination site were unable to do that. Some of the vaccination sites which we called secondary vaccination sites had to be closed. Therefore that in itself was a problem during this period of time,” adds Tshabalala.

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