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Alcohol ban is putting a band aid on a festering wound, says ministerial advisor

14 July 2020 11:59 AM
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Dr Angelique Coetzee
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lockdown level 3
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A medical expert who serves on the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) says the alcohol ban is not a sustainable solution in the fight against Covid-19.

Dr. Angelique Coetzee, the chairperson of the South African Medical Association (SAMA) and member of the MAC, says the government needs a more comprehensive plan to deal with the pandemic.

Dr. Coetzee says the renewed alcohol ban does not deal with the underlying social factors contributing to South Africa's long-standing culture of alcohol abuse.

What the [ban] is effectively doing is to put a plaster on a wound that is festering beneath the plaster.

Dr Angelique Coetzee, Chairperson - South African Medical Association

If we do not address the problem, we will forever have an alcohol ban.

Dr Angelique Coetzee, Chairperson - South African Medical Association

Considering that Covid-19 will be part of our lives for the two years, Dr. Coetzee says prohibition is not an effective, long-term solution.

She says a prolonged ban on alcohol will negatively impact the economy and thousands of livelihoods.

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The alcohol ban is the plaster that we put in to help the healthcare system which is not sufficiently prepared for the current pandemic.. but this [alcohol abuse] problem is going to stay with us for many years. What are going to do going forward?

Dr Angelique Coetzee, Chairperson - South African Medical Association

For the next two years, how are we going to handle this? Because Covid is not going away. How long are we going to ban alcohol for? These are livelihoods of people. Same with cigarettes.

Dr Angelique Coetzee, Chairperson - South African Medical Association

Our economy is in danger... the sale of the alcohol is at least generating some income.

Dr Angelique Coetzee, Chairperson - South African Medical Association

Dr. Coetzee has also questioned the government's implementation of "inconsistent" lockdown regulations to combat the virus.

She says it doesn't make sense to ban alcohol sales while allowing 100% loading capacity on short-distance taxis.

Aren't there better rules to consider... [instead of] just banning?... But on the same hand, you are saying you can put taxis at 100% for short distances.

Dr Angelique Coetzee, Chairperson - South African Medical Association

The alcohol ban makes sense in areas where there are hotspots and in areas where there is a problem.

Dr Angelique Coetzee, Chairperson - South African Medical Association

Listen to Dr Angelique Coetzee in conversation with Kieno Kammies:


14 July 2020 11:59 AM
Tags:
Alcohol ban
Dr Angelique Coetzee
Ministerial Advisory Committee
lockdown level 3
ban on alcohol

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