FF Plus intervenes at poor quarantine situations in Upington

Philip van Staden

The FF Plus intervened successfully in less than two days at the quarantine centres in Lephalale (Ellisras) and Upington at the Harry Surty hospital and Die Eiland holiday resort that were specifically earmarked for this purpose.

Late last night, the FF Plus received complaints regarding the Harry Surty hospital after people who had travelled from Namibia and entered the country via the Nakop Border Post were instructed to stay there for the next fourteen days to ensure that they are not infected with the coronavirus.

According to some complaints, there was no water in the taps and there is a lack of warm water. Sources in the hospital say that the lack of water has been a problem for months already.

The FF Plus councillor in Upington, Hendrik Greyling, went to investigate the complaints. The matter was also brought to the attention of the Department of Health and the relevant Minister.

When the FF Plus paid a visit to Die Eiland holiday resort this morning, it was clear that the resort is not ready to operate as a quarantine centre.

Councillor Greyling immediately took up the matter with the relevant municipal manager and according to the source, they were not informed on how to prepare the facility. The matter was also brought to the attention of the Department of Health and the Minister (Zweli Mkhize).

An undertaking to address the situation was given to the FF Plus. The party is currently monitoring the situation.

The FF Plus is satisfied that the Minister and the Department are thus far, responding to the FF Plus's complaints and taking decisive action to solve the problems.

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