Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says one of his COVID-19 advisory committee members Dr. Gray gave false claims about an increase in malnutrition cases at Chris Baragwanath Hospital.
Dr. Glenda Gray, who is the CEO of the South African Medical Council and also a member of the ministerial advisory committee, recently said the hospital was experiencing cases of malnutrition for the first time in ages.
She told News24 that the number of cases seemed to be on the increase since the first week of May.
Mkhize said Dr. Gray was lying: “Professor Velaphi gave me the figures. That is completely a lie, it is not true that there has been a change in those numbers. To say that in the past five weeks, we’ve got an increase is not accurate. In fact, the numbers are much lower but I don’t want to get too much into it because we still have to check people’s attendance in hospitals and so forth.”
Gray and other scientists have condemned the government’s extended lockdown and rules saying they were faulty and not supported by science.