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May 17 2018

Condition of South African Hospitals

Despite the progressive obsession with government-mandated healthcare for all, going to the hospital is not a pleasant experience in the socialist rainbow utopia born of political correctness. Black rule has had a disastrous effect on South African hospitals:

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) in North West has described what it calls the crippling effects of maladministration in the North West.

Among the complaints are lack of beds, so that patients are forced to share them; lack of food other than bread and mincemeat; lack of water; lack of medical supplies; lack of working generators for when the power goes out, so that babies have to be delivered by the light of flashlights; lack of linen and blankets; lack of infection control; and more:

“Non-functionality of mortuary fridges whereby deceased families are not receiving proper care. Smelling mortuaries with bodies of more than 150 days in some district hospitals has become the norm while mortuary attendants and nurses are supposed to wheel the deceased patients to such areas.”

Tembisa Provincial Tertiary Hospital is characteristic. Patients sleep on mattresses on the floor. Medicine is in short supply. The computer tomography scanner is broken. Newborns are packed close together, increasing the risk of infection.

The severely understaffed hospital serves a massive population. According to Public Servants Association shop steward Kansas Stefans,

“We don’t even have a proper referral system because we have an open-door policy where you cannot chase away any patient.”

Another sad lesson of socialism: When everyone gets healthcare, in the end no one gets healthcare.

On tips from ABC of the ANC.



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