COVID-19: Mkhize rubbishes advisory board member claims

File: Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize.

File: Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize.


JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is rubbishing claims made by the chair of the SA Medical Research Council, Glenda Gray.

Gray, who serves on the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19, is reported to have said government is not listening to its advice

She is quoted saying lockdown regulations are not based on science but thumb-sucked and that Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital is seeing malnutrition cases for the first time in decades.

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Mkhize says Gray has made incorrect, unfounded statements and accuses her of unprofessional conduct.

He points out there has been a decrease in the number of malnutrition cases as compared to the past 4 years.

The minister also says the 'thumb suck' comments undermines the work done to fight the virus.

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