South Africa

Health Ministry extends public comment on health regulations by seven days

Health Minister Joe Phaahla said the regulations were key to preparing the country for any future outbreaks and managing the current pandemic when the state of disaster was lifted.

FILE: Health Minister Joe Phaahla during a briefing September 30, 2021. Photo: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN — Health Minister Joe Phaahla said his department has extended the deadline for public comment on new health regulations by seven days, to April 23.

He said the department had “no desire” to control people’s lives by issuing the regulations.

Phaahla said health regulations were key to preparing the country for any future outbreaks and managing the current pandemic when the state of disaster lifted.

He informed the parliamentary health committee of the regulations submitted for public comment.

Health regulations have come under heavy criticism for attempting to control South Africans beyond the national state of disaster.

Some MPs have called the new regulations “draconian” and will require South Africans to quarantine if they are infected with a list of “notifiable medical conditions”, including COVID-19.

But Minister Phaahla said the regulations were not meant to control people and were not a substitute for a state of disaster.

“We just want to assure honorable members and the public that there is no desire for me, as minister, and my health team, to want to continue to unnecessarily control people’s lives,” he said. -he declares.

Phaahla said the regulations are not new and have been around for some time.

“This is essentially an amendment to a regulation that has actually been around for five years, starting in 2017,” the minister said.



Health Ministry extends public comment on health regulations by seven days

Source link Health Ministry extends public comment on health regulations by seven days

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