Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize has shed light on the Madagascar herb and the involvement of the South African scientists in scientific analysis of the herb currently being put on trial to cure the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We received a call from the the government of Madagascar, who asked for help with scientific research.
Our scientists would be able to assist with this research. We will only get involved in a scientific analysis of the herb. We are not at that point yet,” he said.
Mkhize visits Job Shimakana Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg and is accompanied by Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe to receive Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPE) from Sibanye and Old Mutual.
Minister Mkhize reiterates the importance of partnerships in a crisis.
“The main message is about partnership. Everyone must play a role in the fight against COVID-19. Our partners today are Sibanye Stillwater and Old Mutual,” he said.
Dr Zweli Mkhize also reveals that 511 health workers have so far tested positive for the pandemic, 26 are hospitalized and two died, while 149 recovered.
“We have a total of 511 health workers who have tested positive, 26 are hospitalized and we have lost 2 of them, a nurse and a doctor. 149 health workers have recovered.
The contribution of the protective gear is therefore very important,” said Mkhize.