Health Secretary Joe Phaahla says his department must pay nearly R190 million to repair health infrastructure damaged in the KwaZulu-Natal floods.
< span>Phaahla made the announcement to reporters in Parliament on Thursday as part of a report on the government’s efforts in the province.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a state of emergency in response to the floods 435 people died and 54 were missing, with property damage worth billions of rand.
Hundreds of people lost their homes and some communities were cut off when bridges collapsed.
“In the healthcare sector, 66 facilities have been affected, leading mainly to leaking roofs and flooding in clinics and hospitals,” Phaahla said.
< p> He said 24 facilities were damaged in eThekwini, including Health centers, hospitals and clinics. Fifteen facilities were affected in Ugu district, nine in Umgungundlovu district and eight in iLembe district.
“Fortunately, there was minimal disruption to core health services.” < /span>
He said the cost of the repairs is estimated at just under R190 million, although work is still being done to see how accurate that figure is. “But that’s what our national health teams and provincial health infrastructure teams have agreed on.”
Phaahla said his department continues to deploy medical services to displaced communities , where many people were housed in emergency shelters. Thereincludesthe work to help people who take chronic medication. < /p>
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Water has been partially restored at some health facilities, he said.
Due to infrastructure damage, access to water is restricted in most flood-affected areas. A number of communities now rely on water tankers.
Phaahla said about 101 schools are inaccessible while 124 were badly damaged. span>
“We can confirm that 64 students have died as a result of this disaster while five are still missing. It was also reported that an educator and a grocer died.”
He said although schooling continued in the affected areas, attendance was patchy.
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