30 May 2013
The IFP is shocked by the so called Lusikisiki
Village 'clinic' in the Eastern Cape that is made up of three
tents that have no electricity and only have one tap that often
IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Hilda Msweli
MP said, "It is shocking to see our people being treated in such
bad conditions after 18 years of freedom!
The Lusikisiki residents are not given any
respect or dignity. Patients are expected to disclose their
sicknesses in front of other patients because there is no
privacy in these tents and this is absolutely unacceptable."
The IFP also learned that the situation is so
desperate that medication also runs out, which forces patients
to return home without getting any medication, despite standing
in long queues for hours on end. The "forced disclosure" has
forced those who are HIV positive to not come for counselling
because there is no privacy; they have to meet out in the open
behind one of the tents.
"The ANC government is failing the people of
the Eastern Cape dismally especially with regards to health. The
department is full of people who are incompetent, corruption is
rife and poorly managed hospitals result in situations like this
in Lusikisiki," said Msweli.
The IFP urges the Eastern Cape Provincial
Department of Health to build a proper clinic for Lusikisiki
village residents. In the meantime, the department should
provide the residents with electrified converted containers
instead of tents and also ensure patients' safety, adequate
medicine supplies and patient privacy.
Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Hilda
Msweli MP, 072 513 1833
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252