EFF pickets at Edendale Hospital

2018-03-14 06:00
PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaMembers of the EFF outside Edendale Hospital last Wednesday.

PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaMembers of the EFF outside Edendale Hospital last Wednesday.

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MEMBERS of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Pietermaritzburg picketed outside Edendale Hospital last Wednesday.

The protesters blocked the entrance and disrupted traffic as cars were entering and leaving the hospital. They submitted a memorandum in which they expressed their concerns about the state of public hospitals, especially Edendale.

They demanded that the hospital employ more qualified doctors and professional nurses, improve the conditions at the patient reception area, improve the cleanliness and hygiene in patient’s wards, improve the hospital buildings, the maintenance, the provision of water and sanitation in the hospital, and for HIV patients to be treated with respect and dignity.

uMgungundlovu District proportional representation (PR) councillor Khumbulani Nene, who was part of the protest, said they will no longer sit down and watch things fall apart at public hospitals.

“There is something that has been brought to our attention that is happening here at Edendale Hospital. HIV patients who come to fetch their treatment in this hospital are discriminated from other patient.

“They are told to have their own line, which we believe is wrong as their status is no longer private.

If you go and stand in that queue. automatically everyone knows that you are HIV-positive. We will keep a close eye on this hospital,” he said.

He said they are not giving the hospital a specific time to respond. “We know that there are procedures to be followed when you want to do anything in the government departments.

We will be waiting for the answers to our demands. We just hope that they will not take long in responding because we will come back if we do not see any action.”

Edendale Hospital spokesperson Samke Mncube said: “Acting chief executive officer Sizile Masimula accepted it [memorandum] and it was forwarded to the right channels.”

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