Embattled hospitals across the Eastern Cape – where health services have been shoddy and people reliant on state healthcare have been driven to protest action – will be receiving a welcome boost in resources.
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.
Dozens of people recently testified before the South African Human Rights Commission about the Eastern Cape’s lack of emergency medical services and patient transport. Testimonies paint a stark picture of the thin line between life and death in the rural Eastern Cape.
Xolise Sam watched his sister, Tumeka, writhe in pain for almost a week before she died in Frere Hospital’s Ward Four. She lay screaming in between the seizures that had begun to jolt her frail frame as Xolisile dialled “112” for emergency services again and again.