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Limpopo doctors forced into quarantine, released

9 April 2020 1:53 PM
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The South African Medical Association described the move by the Limpopo Health Department as 'heavy-handed' and 'unfair'.

Two doctors, forced into quarantine by the Limpopo Department of Health after testing positive for coronavirus have been released.

Taryn Williams and Claire Olivier had been self-isolating at home as per the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) guidelines but were told they needed to move to a designated hospital in Modimolle.

Department spokesperson Neil Shikwambane told the Midday Report that the decision was made after a number of people who tested positive in the province failed to follow the guidelines to self-isolate.

The Department of Health took the decision that there was a need to take people into isolation where they could be monitored closely and not pose the risk of infecting others.

Neil Shikwambane, Director of Communications - Limpopo Health Department

These doctors were among those who were taken in.

Neil Shikwambane, Director of Communications - Limpopo Health Department

The government gazette that deals with these issues does not speak of self-isolation, but of isolation.

Neil Shikwambane, Director of Communications - Limpopo Health Department

So as a province we looked at the material conditions. Is it practically possible for each and everyone to self-isolate in this province?

Neil Shikwambane, Director of Communications - Limpopo Health Department

We were saying, for the period of recovery, can they be in a single area where they can recover and once they are recovered they can go back home so they do not risk infecting others.

Neil Shikwambane, Director of Communications - Limpopo Health Department

The decision by the department was heavily criticised by the South African Medical Association who described the move by the department as 'heavy-handed' and 'unfair'.

Listen to the full interview below:


9 April 2020 1:53 PM
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Limpopo
South African Medical Association
SAMA
#Covid19

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