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By Sapa | Aug 15, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 25 ]

Government will immediately divulge to citizens when the first case of Ebola is detected in South Africa, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday.

"We have been inundated with calls after Mr Jack Bloom issued a statement.

That statement sent the media into a frenzy," he told reporters at the Edenvale General Hospital in Johannesburg.

"I couldn't allow the country to go to sleep with uncertainty regarding what is happening."

The statement issued earlier on Thursday by Bloom, Democratic Alliance health spokesman, stated that there was a suspected case of Ebola regarding a patient who arrived from Conakry, Guinea, on July 28 through the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

The statement also said the "Gauteng health department must provide full information to allay public fears, and tracing must be done to find any people who were in close contact with this particular patient".

Motsoaledi said Bloom would be disappointed to learn that the pregnant woman tested negative, after rigorous tests.

"We don't want this irresponsibility. From what I am gathering from him [Bloom], he is really itching for us to have Ebola. If he believes Ebola brings fame, he must wait a little bit," said Motsoaledi.

"Why is a person excited because this country is getting Ebola? It's not in our interest to hide any Ebola case. It would actually cause more havoc. The sooner we disclose the better."

He said because of Bloom's "mischief", additional tests were done on the woman. The results, which were received by the national institute for communicable diseases, were also negative.

Motsoaledi said South Africa was "combat ready" to deal with Ebola.

"If anything is likely to happen in South Africa, we believe it will start in Gauteng. If there is an outbreak of Ebola in both Charlotte Maxeke and Steve Biko hospitals, 200 health workers will be ready to touch them," said Motsoaledi.

Other health care personnel were on standby in other provinces.

On Thursday evening, Motsoaledi assured South Africans that there was no known Ebola case in the country.

He said the woman was still in labour on Thursday.

"She was admitted to the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Gauteng because she was in labour. She came to the hospital for no other reason," said Motsoaledi.

"She had fever, which she said she developed on the 11th August. On admission, her temperature was 39 degrees Celsius. She had no other symptom or sign related to Ebola which was known when she entered the country."

He said on arrival at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, the woman was isolated only as a precautionary measure.

"This lady had no other symptoms (except the fever). She had no history of contact with sick or dead people in her country. There was no indication whatsoever that she could have contracted Ebola.

"Out of our vigilance, she was isolated and normal protocol was followed. That protocol is followed when we suspect any viral haemorrhagic fever case, which includes Ebola. What made us vigilant is only her origin and the fever," said Motsoaledi.

He said many people landed from Ebola-hit West Africa without Ebola.

"Fever and coming from West Africa doesn't make Ebola. Fever is a very common thing. You are going to get many people from that part of the world who are feverish," said Motsoaledi.


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"Motsoaledi said Bloom would be disappointed to learn that the pregnant woman tested negative, after rigorous tests." - Some political opportunism from aaron here? Just like Gauteng, not everyone trusts the government my man.

Aug 15, 2014 7:8 | 4 replies


I also don't expect that everyone will trust government because not everyone love ANC.

Aug 15, 2014 7:34 | 1 replies


Sew - Statistically (Gauteng), not even ANC voters trust the ANC.

Aug 15, 2014 7:41 | 0 replies


"Motsoaledi said Bloom would be disappointed to learn that the pregnant woman tested negative, after rigorous tests." - Some political opportunism from aaron here?

Is Aaron lying?

Aug 15, 2014 8:33 | 0 replies


Sin=== as usual, you will ignore the recklessness of Bloom and attack Motsoaledi simply because in your mind he is ANC and that Bloom is afraid to die.

Aug 15, 2014 11:36 | 0 replies


This Blooomy guy s like Malema always seeking attention unnecessarily, this woman must sue this i.d.i.o.t

Aug 15, 2014 3:12 | 0 replies


Minister Ignore, this bloom and dnt politicise Health issues....just do what you do best...THE BEST ANC minister of all time...

Aug 15, 2014 7:25 | 0 replies


Aaron, a low blow. Sure, Bloom is trying to make political capital, but you have always been able to steer away from petty mudslinging such as this. You disappoint.

Aug 15, 2014 7:28 | 1 replies


there reall is nor order in your madness

Aug 15, 2014 10:24 | 1 replies


Why? Because I favour no particular party?

Aug 15, 2014 11:11 | 0 replies


We have two or three hemorrhagic fevers which are endemic to South Africa and we handle those without too much problem so why is Bloom going into panic mode over this one? More people die of malaria but nobody seems too worried about that. Yes, it is a scary thing to get but it is very unlikely that it will spread to South Africa and the chances of it becoming a full outbreak here is very low. This is becoming a lot like the 'swine flu' panic

Aug 15, 2014 8:29 | 0 replies


Mr Minister, make sure that there's adequate equipment and personnel to contain and treat this disease. Ebola scares the sh!t out of me.

Aug 15, 2014 8:35 | 0 replies


This is how pathetic DA are, and their supporters even worse. On the other news site ( won't mention name ) the supporters still think Aaron is wrong, and bloom is right. Mr Bloom you are a pathetic idiot, I wish could tell you in your face...The health department are doing their best !! shut up DA !!!

Aug 15, 2014 8:39 | 0 replies


DA wants to bring Ebola in SA.........Eish white people SMH

Aug 15, 2014 8:43 | 2 replies


Nobody actually wants this, you skaap. Both sides trying to score pathetic points.

Aug 15, 2014 8:49 | 0 replies


VendaLouLou can't read for shiit ..... Eish Venda people 'SMH'

Aug 15, 2014 9:10 | 0 replies


im sure Ebola is in the country mayb even our soldiers are dying from it cause theres just too many foreigners here and sum of them u can see are written ebola

Aug 15, 2014 8:59 | 0 replies


Thanks Mr Bloom for getting this Arron what what to take his job seriously. No doubt there is reason to be extremely worried given that degenerate public management system in this country. His cheap shots tell me he is a Zancer in good standing and probably a fake doctor.

Aug 15, 2014 9:11 | 0 replies


Dishonourable Mr Bloomers is just an attention seeker of note, always snooping into hospitals wearing that horrible wig, or is it his 50s hairstyle? The other time he was barred from one Gauteng hospital for being disruptive, wanting to go into theatre to watch doctors operating on patients, what a doodleneck he is. Not even family members are allowed into theatre, but Bloomers want to be there so that he can tell 'a good story' to the press afterwards. There is really no need to panic, and no calling for an opposition MP to issue public statements such as this as if we have no minister. Our beloved minister of health has been briefing the media almost weekly about the state of readiness of our health system should there be an outbreak of Ebola in the country, but since Mr Bloomers keeps his ears tucked away under that weirdo's hairdo, he never heard the minister's repeated assurances and re-assurances on the matter. South Africa has yet to record an Ebola case since the recent outbreak, why panic buttons Mr Bloomers? Even when we had such a case a few years back, we only had like two if not three fatalities and the virus was contained. Go to the nearest shebeen Mr Bloomers!

Aug 15, 2014 10:1 | 0 replies


Dr I trut you, people like Bloom, just ignore them and let your good team do its job, dont make too much noise, just work

Aug 15, 2014 10:2 | 0 replies