“… We have always had confidence and known that you will be able to ensure that the citizens of the country are safe and more especially, that they are aware.
“All of us have the responsibility of ensuring that communities are empowered. As we are playing an oversight role, we will be doing that with confidence,” said chairperson of the portfolio committee, Mary-Ann Lindelwa Dunjwa.
Dunjwa said the Health Department is “on top of things”.
She advised it to strengthen its communications by visiting major radio stations in each province, where people can call in and ask questions about the disease.
Meanwhile, the South African Medical Association (SAMA) Trade Union has urged people using social media to stop spread rumours about the confirmation of Ebola cases in South Africa, as this causes unnecessary panic.
“Rumours such as these are causing panic and confusion in our nation. We call upon the nation and especially health professionals not to make light of a disease that has claimed over 1 000 victims already.
“It is only the national Health Department or designated officials, who will make such an announcement if ever there is such a need,” said SAMA President, Dr Phophi Ramathuba.