Faced with inadequate access to essential treatments, South Africa must prioritise health research and development. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how poor and marginalised South Africans are affected by international factors, and so it is essential to include communities in advocating for better homegrown research and development, writes community activist Ntando Yola.
Across the provinces, the hearings reveal that people do in fact know what they want from a functional health system that serves their needs. But we have to ask, have people been adequately educated about the bill?
While the country’s draft policy for bringing universal health care to all bewilders many, long waiting times at health facilities, drug shortages and clinics not operating for 24 hours, remain the biggest concerns they face.
In just three months at least three South African anaesthesiologists have taken their lives, reported the South African Society of Anaesthesiologist’s (SASA) Natalie Zimmelman who said the profession was facing a mental health crisis.
After a second provincial circular came to light instructing health facilities to charge non-citizens in full for services, the National Department of Health (NDoH) has vehemently denied it is fuelling xenophobic sentiments.