- All Topics
Europe and AfricaExternal RelationsFood and AgricultureGame ParksGovernanceHealthHuman RightsICTInfrastructureInnovationInternational OrganisationsInvestmentLabourLand and Rural IssuesLatin America and AfricaLegal AffairsMalariaManufacturingMediaMiddle East and AfricaMigrationMiningMusicMusic ReviewsNCDsNGONutrition
- All Topics
South Africa: 7 Killed After Train, Vehicle Collide At Level CrossingSouth Africa: The Minimum Wage Will Never Be Enough for My Home – Cape Farm WorkerSouth Africa: More Ex-Cops Now Part of Western Cape Guns-to-Gangs SagaSouth Africa: Villagers Demand the Right to Say No to Mining in Their Community
Patients may now have to travel more than 200 km to reach the nearest working hospital.
More than a dozen North West health facilities remain closed after more than a week of violent protests. Unions representing healthcare providers have told members not to report to work as they fear for their safety.
Tyres burned outside Klerksdorp’s Tshepong District Hospital Wednesday as protests blocked entrances to the health facility, reported the non-profit Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) via social media.
#Northwest Burning tyres just before Tshepong Hospital. Entrances to hospital blocked off. Rough guys requesting money for staff to pass through. @Bhekisisa_MG @TAC @Stop_Stock_Outs @NorthWestDOH – RHAP (@RHAPnews) April 25, 2018
#Northwest Gunshot victims transferred to Klerksdorp Hospital which is still functional. Staff not allowed entry into Tshepong Hospital. @Bhekisisa_MG @NorthWestDOH @Kegakilweg @TAC @Stop_Stock_Outs – RHAP (@RHAPnews) April 25, 2018
The hospital has become a beacon for patients fleeing a crippled hospital and shutter clinics 200 km away in the rural Taung, says local doctor Ndiviwe Mphothulo. Under normal circumstances, only the sickest of the sick from Taung would be referred to the Klerksdorp facility.
Tshepong District Hospital later re-opened but health workers at the short-staffed facility remain fearful of possible mounting deaths, warns Tutu Faleni, who is Democratic Alliance (DA) North West spokesperson for health. Members of the opposition party visited the health facility as well as the nearby Khuma Clinic in Stilfontein on Tuesday.
“When we were there, we spoke to a doctor who sees around 130 patients a day who are chronically ill. He says that if this [community protests] continues, in the next 24 hours he’s going to have to start certifying people as dead,” Faleni says.
The Matthews family was forced to cart bedridden cancer patient Ntombizodwa home in a wheelbarrow after healthcare workers were forced to discharge her after the Mafikeng Provincial Hospital was engulfed in demonstrations. (Oupa Nkosi)
Protests erupted last week as many North West residents demanded Premier Supra Mahumapelo resign over allegations of corruption and poor service delivery and particularly healthcare. The National Health Education & Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) and Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) have instructed members not to report to work for fear of their safety.
Acting Denosa provincial secretary Motlalepule Ramafoko explains: “Last week, when the community protests started, people went around [health] institutions removing workers one by one. No one can go to work in such circumstances. It cannot be proper that they go work in that situation.”
Nehawu says it’s ready to negotiate to end the go-slow but Denosa continues to stand firm in saying that only Mahumapelo’s resignation will end industrial action.
Meanwhile, a more than two-month-long go-slow by the union members, particularly those at the provincial medicine depot, has led to widespread drug stock-outs in the province.
“At Tshepong, the queue at the pharmacy was unbelievably long. It was filled with patients who need HIV and diabetes medication. “They are getting two weeks supply of medication instead of their monthly supply,” Faleni says.
There is no telling how many people may now be at risk of developing resistance to their HIV medication, warns Vuyokazi Gonyela, national strategic plan advocacy officer with the public interest law organisation Section27.
“Our biggest fear, especially with chronic medication – in particular, HIV and TB – is that if you stay over a week without treatment, you are most likely to become resistant [to the medication].
“Almost everybody in that province who has been without medication for the past two weeks is likely to be resistant. If that is the case, then they are going to need a more advanced type of medication,” she warns.
This advanced medication can be more expensive than standard treatment and comes with more pills as well as side-effects.
More than 70 North West doctors have written an open letter calling for, among other demands, the immediate opening of all health facilities. (Oupa Nkosi)
On Saturday morning, the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) was deployed to Mafikeng Provincial Hospital after enraged community members removed medical staff from the facility. The military has also taken over the medicine depot.
Nehawu National General Secretary Zola Saphetha says the move to deploy SAMHS is an insult.
“The deployment of the army is not a permanent solution,” he warns.
“Instead of engaging the union on its demands, the department elects to gloss over the problems that engulf the public healthcare sector in the province.”
While the SAMHS may be manning wards in Mahikeng, similar relief seems unlikely for the tens of other health facilities affected by demonstrations.
Instead, North West health department spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane says that negotiations to expand military health services will take place “should the need arise”.
Have something to say? Tweet or Facebook us on @Bhekisisa_MG
An accident involving a train and a vehicle on Friday morning left seven people dead, Western Cape traffic chief Kenny… Read more »
Copyright © 2018 Bhekisisa. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.
AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.
- Kenya: Students Create ‘Weed App’ to Test How Stoned Marijuana Users Are
- Zimbabwe: Fired Nurses Withdraw High Court Challenge
- Nigeria: HIV Prevalance in Bayelsa Drops From 9.1% to 3.8%
- Nigeria: Immunization: A National Health Emergency
- Namibia: Malaria Makes Deadly Comeback
- Africa: Malaria Elimination Impossible Without Scientists’ Input
- Nigeria: Five Things Likely to Happen in Health Sector If Johesu Strike Persists
- Uganda: Minister Wants People Arrested for Misusing Free Mosquito Nets
- Africa: Vaccination Remains a Challenge in Africa
- Africa: Nearly One Billion People in Africa to be Protected Against Yellow Fever by 2026
- Africa: South Sudan Launches the 8th Edition of the African Vaccination Week
- Zambia: Investing in Nutrition a Priority – Lungu
- Uganda: 19 Infected As Anthrax Hits Arua
- Zimbabwe: Nurses Withdraw Court Challenge of Purported Dismissal
- Tanzania: Malaria Day – 150 Students Tested in Bid to Raise Awareness
- South Africa: Cabinet Places North West Health Dept Under Administration
- WHO Spearheads African Vaccination Week
- Has VP Chiwenga Shown His True Colors By Sacking Zimbabwe Nurses?
- Bill Gates Is Terrified. Can Africans Help?
- Why Saudi Wants to Stop Nigerian Pilgrims from Attending Hajj?
- Nigerian Govt Secures U.S.$300 Million to Help Eliminate Malaria
- Zimbabwe’s ‘Sacked’ Nurses Return to Work
- 4.3 Million Nigerian Children Miss Out On Vaccinations Every Year
- Govt Hell-Bent on Cuban Doctors in Kenya Despite Criticism
- Is Zimbabwe Nurses Strike to Blame For Tsvangirai Sister’s Death?
- 88,000 Malnourished Children Risk Death in Nigeria – Report
- Malawi’s 2030 Vision to End Maternal, Child Mortality Deaths
More From: Bhekisisa
- South Africa: North West – More Than a Dozen Health Facilities Remain Closed
- Gambia: A Legacy of Lies – Seeking Justice for Jammeh’s Bogus Aids Cure
- South Africa: Twin Probes Into Alleged North West Health Graft
- South Africa: North West – Health Facilities Close, Families Told to Collect Bedridden Patients
- South Africa: Missing Medicines and Missing Money – Why a Bigger Crisis Looms in North West
- Africa: Life and Breath – Why This African Innovation Could Save Hundreds of Children Annually
- South Africa: [Exclusive] North West Could Run Out of Medicine Within a Week
- Africa: Why Racists Flourish On Social Media and What It Means for Your Mental Health
- Kenya: These Hospitals Have Become a Home Away From Home in the Maasai’s Fight Against TB
- South Africa: TB Patients Hold Their Breath for Better Treatment
- Nigeria: 7 Things You Should Know About Nigeria’s Largest Lassa Fever Outbreak
- South Africa: Slice of Life – ‘I Shared My Abortion Experience On Facebook and It Went Viral’
- Africa: What Life Without Toilets Looks Like
- South Africa: Pregnant Women Dying Cut By 29%
- Lesotho: Meet the Nurses Fighting On the Front Lines – With No Ammunition
- South Africa: Morphine and Mortality – KZN Cancer Patients Turn to Gauteng for Help
- Kenya: Why People Failing to Take Their TB Treatment Should Not Be Jailed
- South Africa: #lifeesidimeni Families – ‘Qedani Mahlangu Is a Proper Traitor’
- South Africa: How Much Money Will #lifeesidimeni Families Be Awarded On Monday?
- South Africa: #Listeriosis – Another Life Esidimeni?
- South Africa: #Listeriosis – Inside the Mind of a Mass Murderer
- Africa: Banana Pads? Why Your Favorite Fruit Could Give Girls a Dignified Period
- South Africa: Did Warning Signs for the #Listeriosis Outbreak First Appear in 2016?
- South Africa: Six Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On in #Listeriosis Scare
- South Africa: Govt Pinpoints Factory Responsible for Deadly Food Poisoning
- Africa: 9 Things That Will Change the Way You Look At Abortion
- South Africa: ‘Imali Yeqolo’ – Really, Gigaba? Women Fall Pregnant to Get Child Grants?
- South Africa: How Serious Is Ramaphosa About Keeping South Africans Healthy?
- Zambia: Cholera Vaccines – Inside the New Fight Against an Old Foe
- South Africa: Officials Could Face Homicide Charges After Mental Patients’ Deaths
- South Africa: Here Are 12 Things We’ve Learned From Four Years of Donor-Funded Journalism
- Sudan: Captured, Raped, Ransomed – the Kidnappers Preying On Teenagers Far From Home
- Africa: IAAF Introduces New Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification(International Association of Athletics Federations)
- Kenya: Sky is the Limit for Soaring Kipchoge, Vivian(Nation)
- Kenya: Athletics – London Race ‘Toughest’ for Kipchoge(Nation)
- Botswana: Stars Clash At Gaborone Meet(Botswana Daily News)
- Africa: New IAAF Rules Set to Limit Caster Semenya’s Career(allAfrica)
- Kenya: I Didn’t Expect to Win in London – Cheruiyot(Nation)
- Kenya: Share the Winning Formula, Tottenham Fans Plead With Kipchoge(Nairobi News)
- Ethiopia: Tirunesh Pulls Out From London Marathon(Ethiopian Herald)
- Kenya: Kipruto, Jager Renew Rivalry Steeplechase Rivalry in Eugene(Nation)
- Uganda: Parliament Honours Commonwealth Games Medallists, Asks for Adequate Funding(Monitor)
- Morocco: Inheritance Laws Are Hurting Women and Must Be Reformed(The Conversation Africa)
- Africa: IAAF Introduces New Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification(International Association of Athletics Federations)
- Mozambique: Voter Registration Staff Still Turning Women Away(AIM)
- Namibia: Lawyers Association Educate Women On Their Rights(Namibian)
- Kenya: County Bosses Pledge to Better Lives of Youth and Women(Nation)
- Nigeria: EPI Inspires Women, Youths to Embark On Profitable Ventures(Guardian)
- Nigeria: Gender Equality, Women Empowerment Are Philanthropic Foundations’ Priorities in Nigeria – Report(Premium Times)
- Nigeria: Transforming Nigerian Women’s Lives Through Training, Advocacy(Vanguard)
- Uganda: Govt to Borrow U.S.$40 Million to Fight Sex Abuse(Monitor)
- Ethiopia: Angola Attends Female Leader’s Forum(ANGOP)
- Africa: Eco-Farming Can Solve Hunger and Climate Crises, Experts Say(Thomson Reuters Foundation)
- Africa: World Cocoa Conference – Low Prices Still Hurt African Farmers(Deutsche Welle)
- Nigeria: Bakers Lament Neglect of Cassava Bread Policy, 15% Wheat Levy(Guardian)
- Zimbabwe: Tobacco Deliveries Up(The Herald)
- Zimbabwe: Minister Shiri Calls for Teamwork(The Herald)
- East Africa: EAC Trailing in Exportation of Bananas(Citizen)
- Ghana: Cargill to Expand Its Cocoa Processing Capacity in Producer Countries(Ghanaian Times)
- Botswana: Ralotsia Encourages Modern Agricultural Practices(Botswana Daily News)
- Sudan: Fuel Crisis Hobbles Essential Agriculture in Darfur and Across Sudan(Radio Dabanga)
- Tanzania: Mango Prices Double in 3 Months(Citizen)
- Nigeria: Buhari Condemns Killings of Priests, Worshippers in Benue Church(Premium Times)
- Cameroon: Anglophone Crisis – How the Catholic Church Can Promote Dialogue(ICG)
- Malawi: Malawi Muslims Condemn DPP Regional Governor for Islamaphobia(Nyasa Times)
- Nigeria: Why We Can’t Speak On Shiites’ Travail – MURIC(Premium Times)
- South Africa: Statement Delivered At Joint ANC and MJC Press Conference(Fahamu)
- Nigeria: Nigerian Pilgrims and the Threat By Saudi Authorities(Daily Trust)
- Zimbabwe: Church Rallies Behind ED(The Herald)
- Kenya: Church Demands Stake in National Healing Process(Nation)
- Nigeria: Benue Killings – Catholic Priests Weep Over Colleagues, Worshipers’(Vanguard)
- Nigeria: Hajj 2018 – Nigeria Assures Saudi Authorities of Tackling Lassa Fever(Premium Times)
- Nigeria: Buhari Urges Benue People Not to Play Into Hands of Agents of Disunity(Guardian)
- Nigeria: Buhari Speaks On Benue Killings, Warns of ‘Evil Agenda’(Premium Times)
- Zimbabwe: Polls Can’t Be Rigged, Says Electoral Commission Boss(The Herald)
- South Africa: North West – More Than a Dozen Health Facilities Remain Closed(Bhekisisa)
- South Africa: Dare South Africans Dream Again As They Celebrate Their 23rd Freedom Day?(The Conversation Africa)
- South Africa: Second Bid to Calm North West Trouble Collapses(News24Wire)
- South Africa: The Minimum Wage Will Never Be Enough for My Home – Cape Farm Worker(News24Wire)
- Nigeria: Buhari Re-Echoes 2019 Bid, Vows to Recover Looted Funds(Daily Trust)
- Nigeria: My Resolve to Recover Looted Funds ‘Unshakable’ – Buhari(Premium Times)
- Nigeria: Buhari and Trump – a Chance to Reset Nigeria’s Relationship With the U.S.(The Conversation Africa)
- Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Says U.S.$1.5 Billion Liquidity Support Facility On Cards(New Zimbabwe)
- South Africa: UDF Veterans Urge Banks to Probe Accounts of Individuals Implicated in State Capture(Daily Maverick)
- Ghana: GCB Staff Donate to Weija Leprosarium(Ghanaian Times)
- Tanzania: Bank to Pump Over U.S.$400 Million Into Tanzania(Daily News)
- Cameroon: Banking and Finance – Cameroon’s Economic Trump Card(Cameroon Tribune)
- Nigeria: Ecobank Group Records U.S.$20 Million Loan Recovery, Posts U.S.$182 Million Profit(Guardian)
- Nigeria: Diamond Bank Ends UK Operations(Premium Times)
- Uganda: Central Bank Bigwig Drags Media Houses to Police(Monitor)
- Nigeria: CBN Rolls Out New Anti Money Laundering Sanction Regime(Vanguard)
- Namibia: Bank Releases Report On Funding the Fight Against Malaria(Namibia Economist)
AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa – aggregating, producing and distributing 800 news and information items daily from over 140 African news organizations and our own reporters to an African and global public. We operate from Cape Town, Dakar, Abuja, Monrovia, Nairobi and Washington DC.
- Gush Etzion junction – the West Bank roundabout that became a symbol of escalating violence
- Minute by blood-soaked minute, the TRUE story of Zulu: Heart-stopping graphic account of the greatest last stand in British history 140 years ago this week
- African Continental Free Trade Facing Slow Road, Many Challenges
- Sudanese Rebel Holdout Reportedly Preparing to Join Peace Talks in Juba
- Israel: Anger over controversial Mike Pompeo tour of settlement in occupied West Bank
- Lafarge Africa National Literacy Competition enhancing literacy, improving livelihoods – Oguntokun
- India will beat China to become world's largest employer
- SXSW Unveils Lineup Of Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts, Episodic Pilots And More
- Secret UN report reveals fears of long and bitter war in Ethiopia
- Elephants, rangers face growing threats in Chad
- S. Africa arrests 13 poachers
- Nigeria election: Buhari in front after half of results declared
South Africa: North West have 3168 words, post on allafrica.com at April 27, 2018. This is cached page on VietNam Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.