Anele Xhati shares her experiences of being an LGBTQI+ activist and transwoman in the North West. Xhati talks about the real-life dangers in communities, and discrimination in the workplace, and how lockdown has made life harder for the province’s LGBTQI+ community.
A preliminary study of Covid-19 cases and fatalities in Africa shows patients with conditions like diabetes, hypertension and asthma are at far greater risk. What’s more, the focus on the pandemic has disrupted care for these non-communicable diseases.
A political debate in the North West has highlighted the struggles of the province’s public health facilities. Opposition legislature members listed various infrastructure and human resources across the province.
Staff say that a Covid-19 infection surge in the staff and patient population, coupled with a previous lack of personal protective equipment is not conducive to the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
Besides needing more protective equipment and resources such as sanitiser, traditional healers in the North West believe that their trade isn’t taken seriously by the government, and that they’re ‘left out’.