The Eastern Cape Department of Health responds to an October 2015 South African Human Rights Commission report alleging that the province failed to adequately fulfill citizens’ rights to emergency medical services (EMS).
In its 104-page report, the South African Human Rights Commission finds that the Eastern Cape Department of Health has failed to adequately fulfill the right that no person may be denied access to emergency medical services.
One year after the South African Human Rights Commission found the Eastern Cape had failed to uphold citizens’ right to emergency care, communities are still waiting for answers, writes Ntsiki Mpulo.
Months after Ha-Mashau residents in Limpopo watched a man die as he waited for an ambulance for more than three hours, the community of more than 15,000 says their cries for a dedicated ambulance for the area continue to go unheard.
On the heels of a South African Human Commission announcement that a national inquriy will be held on the state of emergency medical services (EMS), another man’s death has been blamed on ambulance shortages – this time in Limpopo