We might have our fair share of struggles in the Western Cape, but our neighbours over in the Eastern Cape are fighting a battle of their own.
According to the Daily Maverick, Health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth responded to the low numbers of men coming forward to be vaccinated, saying that unmarried women in particular should consider withholding sex from unvaccinated men.
“I think it is a good idea to say no vaccine, no sex… Especially for unmarried women. It will protect both of you,” Meth said.
The province reached a milestone of having fully vaccinated one million adults, as News24 reports. 61.98% of the vaccinated population are women while 38.02% are men.
“It is too low. It is not good enough. We are doing everything in our power to encourage our brothers, fathers and grandfathers to do the right thing and get vaccinated. We have campaigns mainly aimed at men by taking the life-saving jab directly to them [in places] like taxi ranks, malls, places of having fun and restaurants,” Meth adds.
Meth went on to say that they should be gathering scientific evidence on why men dismiss getting the jab.
Meanwhile, as per Daily Maverick, deputy director-general in the Eastern Cape Department of Health, Dr Litha Matiwane said that “Men are often dismissive of these things”, adding that this was part of the reason why the department was working with traditional leaders, hoping that they will listen to these traditional leaders.