Many health facilities in South Africa are in a dire state. For one, many people in South Africa are poor and have no choice but to access overcrowded hospitals, do not have water, have dirty bathrooms with overworked staff that is demoralized.
One wonders how many hospitals has the ANC government built since they came to power in 1994 and how many health ministers has the country had since. Did the government even have strategies and plans to build any hospitals? Most old hospitals were renamed and there is a handful of hospitals built by the ANC government post-1994.
The challenge is, are all these hospitals considered good, measured by both their structural conditions and service levels?
TV host and voice-over artist Claire Mawisa has retweeted a post of a nurse who has alleged that the hospital that she works at has no water, electricity and that their generator has run out of diesel. In the picture shared by the nurse, patient files can be seen sitting not far from a candle.
When Mawisa asked the nurse which hospital this was, she did not receive a response and the tweet has now been deleted. It is not yet clear if this was due to fear of being victimized or ordered to delete the tweet.
As the Eastern Cape is known to be the most underdeveloped province due to several allegations of corruption, Mawisa's followers are already wondering if the hospital in question is not situated in the Eastern Cape.
The government has built many clinics in the districts. The ANC has analyzed the health system in the country and identified primary health as a medium objective and the long term as National Health Insurance. The reality is that primary health institutions have already been built.
The Covid-19 pandemic has destroyed South Africa's economy. The mismanagement of public funds has caused a lot of financial constraints, and sadly this is now affecting health facilities. At least there are still good hospitals with level 4 and upwards care, some have been refurbished so they can be up to standard.
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