EFF marches to demand better health care

The demonstrators gathered outside the residence of Dr Younus Vawda, an EFF member of parliament, chanting struggle songs and dancing.

Dressed in their political party regalia, they said the march was in line with the call by EFF leader, Julius Malema, who declared 2018 the year of public health care.

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From Vawda’s house, they marched to Barberton General Hospital, calling for the Mpumalanga provincial and national governments to take health care in public health facilities seriously.

Among those present during the march was the party regional chairperson, Vusi Mashele, Vusi “Snopo” Gwebu, regional secretary, Lucky Shongwe, EFF chief whip in the City of Mbombela and councillors both from the City of Mbombela and Nkomazi Local Municipalities.

Addressing the party members, Vawda said the party had interacted with many local residents who raised complaints related to poor services at local health facilities.
“Health facilities are a basic fundamental for human well-being. But if you look at our hospitals and clinics in the country, they are totally in disarray. We cannot compromise people’s health. Twenty-five years into democracy, we still see this kind of health service,” said Vawda.

He said as the EFF they will keep health minister Aaron Motsoaledi on his toes until health services improve in the country.

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Mashele said they were not only raising issues affecting their party members but the whole community.

“Don’t look at the small number of the people who turn out to attend our programme today. This is not an EFF programme but the cries of the whole people of Umjindi. Wherever we go to raise health care issues, we leave a mark. After we leave, we receive phone calls from personnel from those hospitals we visited, thanking us that their working conditions are improving and patients are receiving better care. We might be small in numbers today, but the memorandum of demands will remain with the hospital management and will be a reminder to improve conditions,” said Mashele.

Gwebu, who handed over the memorandum to Dr Olusola Olafuyi Sogbesan, who accepted it on behalf of Barberton General Hospital CEO, Matlaape Mawela, said:

“We, the EFF in Ehlanzeni region, noting the ongoing challenges in Barberton General Hospital and as part of rolling mass action and awareness campaign to highlight shortcomings in the public health system, came here today to declare that our patients and flexibility has now been tested to the extreme.”

He said the demonstrators would give hospital management seven days to respond to complaints.
Sogbesan promised that the management was committed to addressing the grievances raised and would respond.
The demands contained in the memorandum include
• More doctors and nurses to assist 24 hours
• Mobile police station at the hospital premises
• Extra nurses for transportation of patients
• Emergency medical service call centre at the hospital premises
• The morgue to be moved to the back
• An effective laundry
• Absorption of security guards by the Department of Health
• Availability of healthy food for patients
• Effective outpatients’ services
• Effective and quick administration
• Fair labour practice
• Continuously checking and respond to the comments in the suggestion box
• Educational development programmes
• Employ more general workers
• Clean environment at all times.

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Richard Nkosi
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