On the heels of the recent South African Human Rights Commission’s hearing on the lack of emergency medical service in the Eastern Cape, OurHealth speaks to one woman who says she has never seen an ambulance in 35 years.
Ongoing pressure and threatened litigation from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has led to the construction of a temporary clinic in Lusikisiki and confirmed plans to build a permanent state-of-the-art day hospital.
LUSIKISIKI. – All twelve clinics in the Qaukeni sub-district in the Eastern Cape are dispensing the new fixed dose combination pill (FDC) to HIV patients. This new pill is a triple antiretroviral that is believed to improve adherence as it only needs to be taken once a day. The fact that ARV treatment now consist of just one tablet will make it easier to dispense and prescribe, and make ordering and monitoring stock supply easier for clinics and depots.
LUSIKISIKI. ‘ Ayanda*, a 19-year-old girl from Joe Slovo Park, was drugged and then filmed while three men raped her. One of the men was her boyfriend, Siyanda*, who alledgedly said that by filming the act he wanted to make her famous.
Lusikisiki – There has been no development at the site where the Provincial Department of Health (DoH) was supposed to erect a temporary clinic in the place of the Village Clinic which was closed down at the end of October because of outstanding rent debt owed by the department.