EFF march for better health care
firstname.lastname@example.org THE EFF were on the march again yesterday, this time to insist on proper treatment for patients at state hospitals.
The marchers also raised the claims of patients that some nurses humiliated them by calling out their HIV/Aids status when they were waiting in queues to receive their medication.
They said this was humiliating and added to the stigmatisation of HIV.
The protesters met at the Sisulu Street taxi rank and made their way to Tshwane District Hospital and Steve Biko Academic Hospital.
Their protest songs drew spectators to their apartment balconies.
A number of passing motorists hooted loudly in support of the protesters.
Both hospitals were given seven days to give positive responses to their comments.
According to the chairperson of the EFF in the City of Tshwane, Moafrika Mabongwana, the march was part of the party’s 2018 theme: “a year of public care.”
“The public health-care system has collapsed, therefore the EFF are taking this opportunity to visit all hospitals to make a difference,” he told the Pretoria News.
The Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, recently confirmed that out of over 50 hospitals in the country, only five met the minimum standards.
EFF members recently marched to George Mukhari Academic Hospital and Jubilee Hospital in bids to make a difference.
Steve Biko’s oncology ward is reportedly on the verge of collapse, and marchers demanded that the issue be resolved so patients could be assisted sooner.
“We demand a fully functioning, well-staffed, well-equipped oncology unit because cancer patients are forced to wait long for radiation,” the protesters said.
“We demand that all patients, irrespective of race, gender, creed, class or nationality, be treated with respect and dignity.”
They also asked that lifts in the Steve Biko hospital be fixed “so they are not constantly failing”.
On their list was the demand to reinstate 65 security officials, who were dismissed for misconduct last year after embarking on an unprotected strike.
Management from both hospitals have committed to respond to the issues raised.