No birth control implants at Caluza Clinic

2017-08-30 06:00

DURING an oversight visit by members of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature on August 15 and August 16 at some of the province’s public health-care facilities, the Democratic Alliance made several findings, which the party says, are serious concerns plaguing both patients and staff.

DA KZN spokesperson on health, Dr. Imran Keeka said when members of the legislature visited Caluza Clinic in Edendale, the party found that no birth control implants can be done due to a lack of trained staff.

“Instead, they recommend Tubal ligation over vasectomies because of gender prejudice.

“It is a patient’s constitutional right to choose the type of contraception they prefer and not have limited options,” said Dr Keeka in a statement.

The doctor said patients should be appropriately referred for other options if their choice is not available and that this situation requires the Department of Health (DoH) to deal with training and staffing issues.

“The DA is also led to believe that young girls are taking implants out, with rumours of negative side-effects rife,” Keeka said.

The DoH had not responded to questions about this matter at the time of going to press.

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