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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:

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