Eastern Cape Health Crisis during the time of COVID-19

The Eastern Cape health department has been presiding over a health crisis for many years. The TAC has been engaged in advocacy work in the province since its inception, working on key campaigns such as that on EMS, Lusikisiki Clinic and Mount Frere.

The COVID-19 induced lockdown brought with it many more issues to the fore, including, but not limited to allegations of corruption in the awarding of COVID-19 tenders, the Nelson Mandela Bay water crisis and the disastrous scooter ambulances. Through rigorous monitoring of adopted facilities, a team from TAC Eastern Cape and National staff found that there were multiple problems in heath facilities in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Over the course of the past few months we have managed to get a commitment from DoH officials for joint monitoring of 48 facilities. The SAHRC has also undertaken to investigate.

You can read some of the articles about our campaigns here:

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-27-eastern-cape-clinics-lost-touch-with-thousands-of-tb-patients-during-lockdown/

https://allafrica.com/stories/202008130838.html

https://www.groundup.org.za/article/tac-demands-improve-conditions-at-all-health-facilities-in-the-eastern-cape/

https://www.msn.com/en-za/news/other/we-will-make-your-lives-miserable-tac-throws-down-the-gauntlet-to-eastern-cape-health-department/ar-BB17nZgD

 

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