Since the start of the lockdown due to Covid-19, Ntsako Manganyi, has struggled to access her cancer treatment. The 32-year-old battling breast cancer travels from Bungeni village, outside Thohoyandou to Kalafong hospital in Pretoria. When public transport was prohibited from crossing provincial borders, she had to use a costly alternative to reach Gauteng from Limpopo. Her hospital appointment letter served as a permit, allowing her to travel during lockdown.

“Though I am getting better each day, life has been difficult for me during the past few months, especially with all this travelling from Limpopo to Gauteng for treatment and check-ups,” says Manganyi.

The mother of two was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019 at Elim hospital, Limpopo, but had to start her treatment in Pretoria where she worked. Since the lockdown was imposed in March, Manganyi has tried several times to change her treatment center to Limpopo, where she returned after quitting her job. Doctors at Kalafong warned her against disrupting her treatment, also pointing to the shortage of oncologists in Limpopo.

Situation worsened by lack of oncologists

The province has only two public hospital oncologists, both of whom are based at Mankweng provincial hospital in

Covid-19 lockdown affects cancer treatment

Ntsako Manganyi is battling breast cancer during lockdwon.