Shambolic state of our public health system hampers fight against HIV/Aids - TAC

General secretary at the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Anele Yawa says it will be difficult for South Africa to start talking about the end to the HIV/Aids epidemic while the public health system is in shambles.

He says there are still human resources issues, lack of infrastructure, and people are still waiting a long time to receive services. These challenges are making it difficult to successfully deal with the epidemic, he adds.

Firstly let us fix the broken public health system so that it is able to deliver on the needs of the people - not only people living with HIV/Aids but for the 42 million who are public health users.

Anele Yawa, National General Secretary for the Treatment Action Campaign

Yawa says the reason the South African health service is in shambles, is because of the system on which it is based. He says the system needs to change to allow the public health users to be well-served.

He recommends that decisions needs to be made at provincial levels by MECs and premiers.

The Minister of Health does not have powers to hire and fire in hospitals but those powers lies at the provincial levels.

Anele Yawa, National General Secretary for the Treatment Action Campaign

This means we need to drive our struggles as the public health users to our clinics and to provincial health departments because that's where we've been failed.

Anele Yawa, National General Secretary for the Treatment Action Campaign

To hear more from TAC about the state of SA's health system, listen below:


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