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Foreigners barred from clinic leave without life-saving medicine

The duo would only allow SA patients to proceed into the facility after they inspected their IDs.

“I’m about to run out of my medication. Please let me in. I have nowhere else to go. The nurses inside have my medical file,” begged the teenager in between coughing. They ignored her pleas.

Her hopes of going inside died minutes later when police, who were called to intervene, seemingly failed to control the commotion.

The teenager shrugged her shoulders, took a deep breath and then slowly started walking home clutching a small envelope scribbled with her name and medication.

These scenes played themselves out at Zandspruit Clinic, northern Joburg, where foreigners being blocked by unknown people from accessing public healthcare has become a trend.

Sowetan saw more foreigners being turned away at Cosmo City Clinic on Monday and last week more patients were chased away from Jeppe Clinic in Joburg CBD.

The group claims that foreign patients sell their ARVs to Nigerians who then use it to produce nyaope.

Cosmo City Clinic services about 4,000 patients per month while the area has a population of about 90,000.

Zandspruit has more than 32,000 residents.

As she walked off, the teenager said she did not know what her next option for medication was because there was no other clinic in Zandspruit.


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