Eastern Cape Covid-19 health workers’ contracts extended as third wave looms

Department finds R400m needed to keep vital staff on for three more months

Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane, left, with health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth. File photo.
Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane, left, with health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth. File photo.
Image: MICHAEL PINYANA

The contracts of the health-care workers hired to bolster the Eastern Cape’s front line to fight Covid-19 have been extended by three months, while those working in communities were pushed to 12 months.

The contracts were signed in February 2020, with the health-care workers hired for one year, from April 1 2020 to March 31 2021. This came at a cost of R900m.

However, a technical team led by Eastern Cape department of health acting superintendent-general Dr Sibongile Zungu made a recommendation for the extensions ahead of the anticipated third Covid-19 wave.

The Nelson Mandela Bay health district contracted 1,095 workers in various positions.

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