Health problems in Mangaung

2012-12-19 20:48

Bloemfontein - Fatigue, allergies and chronic illness have caused many delegates to consult doctors at the ANC conference in Mangaung.

At the University of Free State, delegates walked long distances from the student residences to the main marquee, thus exposing themselves to high temperatures.

The air-conditioning in the tent was also not working, and dancing and singing struggle songs pushed the mercury even higher.

There were two major health stations on campus - one next to the main marquee and another next to Callie Human Hall, where the gala dinner was held.

In every spot where people had been gathered for commissions, business breakfast and voting, at least two mobile clinics were stationed to help delegates with health problems.

Keith Khoza, spokesperson for the ANC, confirmed on Wednesday that a male delegate from Mpumalanga had died on Sunday after experiencing respiratory problems.

"We handed the matter to the provincial leadership to ensure that they go and meet the family of the deceased," Khoza said.

Fully furnished clinic

Isaac Moisi, team leader of the medical station next to the main marquee, said the facilities were like a fully furnished clinic, complete with nurses and doctors.

"Most people who came for treatment were suffering from fatigue because of lack of sleep and temperatures which were high in Mangaung," he said.

Some of the patients consulted the clinics to get medication for their chronic illnesses. Fundile Nyati, a medical doctor and CEO of Proactive Health Solutions, treated a number of journalists with the same problems.

On average, his mini-clinic based at the media centre was open for over 12 hours at a time.

"Some of the problems that people came for were pre-existing such as high blood pressure, sugar diabetes and wanted to check how they were," he said.

"Some were on treatment and wanted to know if the stress related to their job could have made things worse."

Other patients discovered that they were diabetic or had hypertension, something they did not previously know.

"Some delegates came to do HIV tests while others wanted condoms."

The main ailments were problems associated the sinuses and throat.

These were mainly related to the pollen that is found on campus because of the trees, Nyati said.

Most people had nasal blockages, sinus headaches and sore throats - all allergy-related illnesses.

"There was a lot of fatigue, because people were not eating at regular intervals, and not eating proper food, so they come here with low blood sugar.

"Whenever you are going to have a gathering where you are going to have many people, it is important as part of your planning to also anticipate it that in such an environment there will be those who will not be healthy," Nyati said.

  • merkwaardig.obskuur - 2012-12-19 20:49


      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-19 21:02

      What? No traditional healers?... Oh, that's why some were invisible at the meetings...

      marius.koen.16 - 2012-12-19 21:18

      No, the gravy is to rich.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-19 21:24

      @Swapie - Hahaha, what gravy is too rich? More like a bit lumpy and standing too long in the sun

      ancbasher - 2012-12-19 21:28

      It is not fatigue, it is FAT-igue...

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-19 21:52

      Ring-a-ring-a-rosies........ Atishoo - atishoo we all fall down!

      godfrey.welman - 2012-12-19 22:15

      @Squeegee....and others, using their condoms.

      geronimo.feather - 2012-12-20 00:39

      hawu shame.

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-12-19 20:55

    Too much Johnny walker and excess consumption of fancy foods!

      morrisn2 - 2012-12-19 21:05


  • scouter.fourone - 2012-12-19 20:55

    I am sure the denuded health services will come to your rescue - they would not for most others, however......

  • ianthe.exall - 2012-12-19 21:00

    Pity the kind of clinics they describe in the article are not available in the rural areas where they are so badly needed. Shameful.

      Phila Mtshali - 2012-12-19 22:20

      rural clinics aare first class compared to township clinics

  • njdejager - 2012-12-19 21:08

    Strange how the students that walk the campus every single day does not fall ill. Everything in excess i.e. food and booze takes its toll. Have normal gatherings and it will be fine. ANC just spend and spend. Good example for poor.

      morrisn2 - 2012-12-19 21:19

      How dare u compare a 50yr old to a 20yr old! U missing the point here!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-19 21:25

      @morrisn2 - Rational 50yr olds knows they cannot drink like a 20yr olds

  • morrisn2 - 2012-12-19 21:08

    That was 2 b expected under the circumstances, comrades are used 2 this life, remember our freedom wasn`t free! Amandla!!

  • carryn.whittaker - 2012-12-19 21:11

    Isaac Moisi, team leader of the medical station next to the main marquee, said the facilities were like a fully furnished clinic, complete with nurses and doctors. The complete with nurses and doctors comment just cracks me up. Its almost like a badge of honour. Look we made a medical station and clever us we even remembered to staff it!. Priceless!!!

      ancbasher - 2012-12-19 21:36

      Like a second hand car dealer with - yes, you guessed it - cars!

  • ian.pollock.313 - 2012-12-19 21:14

    they don't make em like they used to ...

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-12-19 21:15

    diabetes and high blood pressure all over mangaung ai

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-19 21:28

      Yep, sweet life will kill you

  • ancbasher - 2012-12-19 21:32

    Keith Khoza, spokesperson for the ANC, confirmed on Wednesday that a male delegate from Mpumalanga had died on Sunday after experiencing respiratory problems. What do we call this - a spoilt ballot?

  • ancbasher - 2012-12-19 21:34

    Lots of Wingerdgriep né...

  • kagiso.setuke - 2012-12-19 21:35

    A ba shwe!!!!!!

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2012-12-19 21:55

    some of the delegates visited the clinc due to high temperature some requesting condoms high blood and diabetic and others with mental illmess hahahahaaaaa

  • Stefan Erasmus - 2012-12-19 22:02

    That airon....he is racist.

      hein.huyser - 2012-12-20 12:35

      The tender only said "supply aircons", it didn't say the stuff must actually work.

  • jerome.appollis.1 - 2012-12-19 22:03

    Unfit and overweight

  • zuma.compound - 2012-12-19 22:10

    Anyone that supports the ANC is sick.

  • shooshyu.tu - 2012-12-19 22:11

    Ai, but I think the right wingers have put the poison in the water.

  • Truth.speak - 2012-12-19 22:36

    Health problems caused by guilty consciences from all that stealing from the taxpayer.

  • lungile.ndyibithi - 2012-12-19 22:59

    These ppl are nt used to being under strain some dont even walk as they are always in their cars.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-12-20 03:38

    Bunch of lard arses..why don't you drive in your airconned cars..BUT don't register for e-tags whatever you do !!

  • liam.doherty.334 - 2012-12-20 04:21

    All the symptoms of the current South Africa....

  • steven.m.armour - 2012-12-20 06:23

    Where were the sangomas?

  • Blixum - 2012-12-20 08:25

    LOL Condoms? Haven't they heard of wind insemination? And did the sangomas have their own tent as well? worked well in Marikana. Why not in Mangaung?

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-12-20 08:48

    The ANC is sick

  • Seducect - 2012-12-20 08:53

    Blame it on the anchestors! First the weather now illness....LOL!

  • langa.nyati - 2012-12-20 09:02

    Big ups to Proactive Health Solutions. May you grow in strength.

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-20 09:20

    I can only imagine the smells in the tent that day, phew!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-20 09:46

    Exposing themselves to high temperatures?. Why did they go there then?.

  • ana.curcic - 2012-12-20 13:12

    Another example of no control, slef restraint and basicaly being stupid and geting paid for being so!

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