Today's Big Stories

The issue of foreign nationals and healthcare in SA

The Gauteng Department of Health released an update on the treatment of foreign nationals in hospitals.

Jo Vearey, Senior Researcher at the African Centre for Migration and Society (University of Witswatersrand) spoke to John Robbie to respond to the Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu’s sentiments, last week, that the number of foreigners visiting the country’s hospitals is putting severe strain on the facilities.

Mahlangu told EWN that very often, nine out of 10 patients are not South African, adding that in most cases women, who are in their third trimester take a massive risk by traveling to South Africa to deliver their babies.

This arises following recent reports of a Zimbabwean woman who was allegedly ignored by nurses at the hospital, where her premature baby later died.

Qedani Mahlangu, Gauteng MEC of Health also spoke to John to respond to concerns raised by the African Centre for Migration and Society.

The biggest challenge is that women who are reliant on public maternal healthcare do at times face challenges including those who are foreign nationals. I think that these are issues that we should be addressing. Statements of the number of these women, that are unsubstantiated, are not helping.

Jo Vearey, Senior Researcher at the African Centre for Migration and Society (University of Witswatersrand)

Listen to the full conversation below:


This article first appeared on 702 : The issue of foreign nationals and healthcare in SA


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

Nurses in the spotlight after Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital incident

Nurses in the spotlight after Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital incident

Stephen asks if enough emphasis is put on support of nurses in the sometimes difficult work they do.

Nurses who caused baby death under investigation

Nurses who caused baby death under investigation

Patients told EWN that a mother was ignored at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child hospital as she went into labour and lost her baby.

Popular articles
First-ever CT shooter gets probation thanks to ShotSpotter gunfire tech

First-ever CT shooter gets probation thanks to ShotSpotter gunfire tech

The City of Cape Town welcomes the first-ever ShotSpotter-linked conviction and sentence, handed down this month.

Damning audio of Tom Moyane instructing Sars official to fake illness emerges

Damning audio of Tom Moyane instructing Sars official to fake illness emerges

The instruction from Moyane to the official was to allegedly avoid speaking to KPMG investigators during 'rogue unit' inquiry.

Woman exposed for calling fellow aircraft passengers the K-word

Woman exposed for calling fellow aircraft passengers the K-word

Reverend Solomuzi Mabuza says he is considering laying charges against the woman for calling him a ka***r.

Why Ethiopian Airlines (not SAA) is Africa's biggest and best airline

Why Ethiopian Airlines (not SAA) is Africa's biggest and best airline

State-owned (but not managed) Ethiopian Airlines is profitable. Bruce Whitfield interviews Africa correspondent Lee Kasumba.

Willemse will take Supersport to Equality Court over walk-out findings

Willemse will take Supersport to Equality Court over walk-out findings

On Tuesday, SuperSport released the findings of an investigation by Advocate Vincent Maleka.

Career sabotage and an alleged 'sex pest' CEO - Grant Thornton's culture exposed

Career sabotage and an alleged 'sex pest' CEO - Grant Thornton's culture exposed

Former director Nerisha Singh says Grant Thornton SA sabotaged her job prospects after speaking up about sexual harassment claims.

46 women rescued in Joburg sex trafficking raid

46 women rescued in Joburg sex trafficking raid

An expert on human trafficking explains how the syndicate operates and how women are lured into dens.

Max du Preez opens up about money (and losing everything on Vrye Weekblad)

Max du Preez opens up about money (and losing everything on Vrye Weekblad)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews the famed and fearless journalist about his money history, hopes and beliefs.

This video doorbell lets homeowners check on the front door from their phones

This video doorbell lets homeowners check on the front door from their phones

On Technobyte this week the traditional doorbell goes hi-tech, Uber wants to fly you and Google is launching an AI lab in Ghana.