Health Minister Joe Phaahla says 66 healthcare facilities have been affected by the recent flooding in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Minister provided an update on Government’s interventions to assist flood-affected residents.

He says assistance is also being provided to residents and healthcare facilities in the Eastern Cape.

Phaahla says the priority now is to ensure that those with injuries, and those patients who are on chronic medications, get urgent medical attention.

Authorities are hard at work finalizing all post-mortem examinations, on the more than 430 people who died in the KwaZulu-Natal floods.

He says more than 60 school-going children died in the floods.

The Minister says it is important to determine exactly how these people died so that their family members can find closure.

The confirmed death toll stands at 435, with 55 people that are still missing.

Watch the minister’s full briefing here.

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The Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says there is an urgent need for African countries to build their Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing capabilities.

Kenyatta met with President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria yesterday.

He says its is unfortunate that at a time, when the world should be collaborating to fight the pandemic, many overseas countries are still hoarding their vaccine supplies.

Kenyatta and Ramaphosa will be visiting the Aspen Pharmacare vaccine manufacturing facility in the Eastern Cape today.

Watch the full briefing here.

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