Lusikisiki Residents Deserve Real Clinics Not Tents

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 runs dry.


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