Health Minister not concerned about Zika virus scare ahead of Olympics

Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, says he is not worried about concerns over the Zika virus epidemic in Brazil.

Last week, 150 health experts, including two South Africans, urged the World Health Organisation to move or postpone Olympics taking place at Rio de Janeiro because of the Zika epidemic.

Motsoaledi says he would be more worried if one of the experts who wrote to WHO was the director of National Institute of Communicable Diseases.

Be aware Xolani, when you say experts, you say experts from what.

Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health

The World Health Organisation is the highest authority in health as you know. They also have their own experts, who went there and made an assessment.

Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) CEO, Reddy Tubby, says they have received communication from International Olympic Committee (IOC) and WHO saying Jiro is safe.

We have heard the concerns, and two days ago I received communication from the World Health Organisation as well as the IOC, and both have give reassurance in relation to this particular virus, while it's an ongoing monitoring situation.

Reddy Tubby, SASCOC CEO

They are saying at this stage it's still safe, in terms of participation at the games. The necessary precautionary measures are being taken by authorities in Brazil.

Reddy Tubby, SASCOC CEO

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