Corruption has left the country's public health system in shambles - Tac

Treatment Action Campaign (Tac) general secretary, Anele Yawa, says most government hospitals are in shambles because of lack of political leadership.

This follows an unannounced visit by Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa to Tembisa Hospital in Ekhuruleni in which she described their casualty ward as a warzone.

The MEC complained about nurses being absent, the computer patient filing system was down and said the doctors appeared inebriated.

Yawa says this has been the fight of the Tac for a very long time.

Having a broken public health system means that many people will be turned away from facilities because of these challenges and as a result many people will die.

Anele Yawa, National General Secretary for the Treatment Action Campaign

These are the things that are making us believe that the constitutional rights of the people of South Africa are being violated.

Anele Yawa, National General Secretary for the Treatment Action Campaign

Yawa says that corruption is the biggest contributing factor to the challenges experienced in the health sector. People are appointed to higher positions such as CEO's and managers of hospitals because they were part of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, he says.

When these deployments are taking place they do not check whether this person has vested interest or knowledge of how to run that particular department.

Anele Yawa, National General Secretary for the Treatment Action Campaign

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