As Gauteng Health Department workers brace themselves for an imminent COVID-19 fourth wave, there are calls for an investigation into expired bottles of sanitiser procured by the Department at a cost of R12,7m. In her written response to the provincial legislature, Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi disclosed that the sanitiser had a shelf life of one year that ended on 31 March.
The Democratic Alliance’s Jack Bloom said that the 140,000 bottles of sanitiser were sub-standard, reports EWN. “Why did we buy sub-standard sanitiser, especially when many health workers still complain that they don’t get sanitised, and it’s a risk to their lives?” Bloom asked. A report from the quality assurance department is still outstanding after samples of the sanitiser were sent for testing.
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