Most of the country’s attention is focussed on condom use to prevent HIV, but other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain a serious problem — and can exacerbate risk of HIV infection.
The Department of Health is facing claims amounting to over R20 billion. But with fraudulent claims, it is patients who are paying the ultimate price when much-needed funds are diverted to these bogus allegations.
Men, in general, can be reluctant in accessing health care because of the cultural belief that being touched by female health care workers is a sign of weakness. This can change with dedicated men’s centres.
“No jobs, no vote,” shouted unemployed nurses who marched to O.R Tambo Health sub-district offices in Lusikisiki last week. The unhappy nurses sang, carried placards and handed over a memorandum demanding that the Eastern Cape Department of Health employ them in the Ingquza Hill municipality.