While the majority of Gauteng residents want the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill to be implemented as soon as possible, they also want the government to not shy away from the serious healthcare system challenges the province faces.
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.
While health facilities say there are staff shortages, many qualified nurses and community service workers remain unemployed. Unions say these professionals should be absorbed into the department.
Drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is difficult to cope with for many adults who find themselves with the disease, and the amount of time it takes to manage it is frustrating. The situation is worse when a child has it and the treatment available is not suited to their needs.
Thabo Ntsoeu has never been able to walk but this hasn’t stopped him from being a sportsman. Basketball is the only sport he has known and recently he has committed to reviving a team for wheelchair basketball in Botshabelo.