Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has called on Democratic Alliance MP Siviwe Gwarube to apologise and retract her statement about a North West field hospital.
Gwarube claimed Mkhize misled parliament regarding the completion of Maseve field hospital.
The Health Department said Gwarube’s claims were baseless as they officially handed over the hospital to the province last month. The Health Department said Gwarube visited the job Shimankana Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg, not the Maseve field hospital, which she posted about on social media.
Meanwhile, the North West Department said the 200 bed Maseve Field Hospital is operational and was officially opened by North West Premier Professor Job Mokgoro on Wednesday, 1 July 2020.
In a statement, the department said the field hospital is a partnership between the North West Department of Health and Royal Bafokeng Platinum. It said there are 56 COVID-19 positive people currently in isolation at the 4eld hospital.