DA Questions Steps Taken By Government In Fight With Listeriosis

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CAPE TOWN – The Departments of Health (DoH); Trade and Industry (DTI) and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) are expected to brief Parliament in a joint sitting on the Listeriosis crisis on Wednesday, following a request by the DA.

After Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, announced that the source of the food borne disease Listeriosis, which has so far claimed lives of about 180 people in South Africa was traced from Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken factories the DA has raised concerns maintaining that the primary source had not been confirmed.

“It is clear that the Department of Health cannot fight this outbreak on its own and we require a multi-industry approach to prevent a further loss of life,” said DA Shadow Minister of Health Patricia Kopane.

The DA has requested the Departments to outline what they have done to ensure the safety of the people during the joint sitting in parliament.

“The DA awaits this joint meeting and we trust that the relevant departments will brief Parliament on the collective work done to combat this outbreak effectively and what plans have been put in place to ensure that we do not have a repeat of this outbreak again,” said the DA.