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 WHO’s Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus says there should be a global shift to see healthcare and healthcare facilities as an investment instead of as a cost.

He says proper investment in healthcare systems would lead to a more focused and resilient response to fight future disease outbreaks.

Ghebreyesus says the focus should be placed on using healthcare systems to promote health and well-being, instead of only treating diseases.

Watch Ghebreyesus’ full address here.

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