Western Cape Health MEC, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, conducted an unannounced visit to the Heideveld Day Hospital to monitor the progress of how the hospital is dealing with substance abuse.
Mbobo says her visit was important because public healthcare needs to provide one-on-one sessions with counsellors on the dangers of alcohol abuse.
She says alcohol has played a major part in road accidents which cause injuries and deaths.
Everything is absorbed by Department of Health.— Western Cape Minister of Health MEC
Even for those who have chronic illnesses, once you drink, it aggravates the existing conditions.— Western Cape Minister of Health MEC
The MEC's visit was meant to look at the Teachable Moments intervention which is part of Provincial Strategic Goal 3 aiming to focus on wellness, safety and tackling social ills.
Listen to the full interview with the MEC below...