Corruption threatens patients' medical care - Sama

Ongoing reports of alleged corruption in government – specifically the provision of medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic– are deeply unsettling, and pose a threat to the provision of proper medical care to patients. The South African Medical Association comments on the allegations. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Ongoing reports of procurement corruption in government are deeply unsettling, and poses a threat to the provision of proper medical care to patients according to the South African Medical Association.

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Sama's Dr Angelique Coetzee says corruption is a threat to the lives and livelihoods of medical workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Coetzee stated some PPE (Personal protective equipment) is approved for use, despite not meeting the minimum standards of safety, as a result of corruption and its use puts patients and medical staff at greater risk of infection.

She said, "I think it's criminal to supply PPE that is of inferior quality and Sama would like to see the people selling that type of inferior quality of PPEs being criminally prosecuted."

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