Wednesday, 9 July 2014 - 20:29

MEC Malakoane must be fired

In recent months the collapse of the Free State health system has turned into a crisis with disastrous consequences for many people who depend on the province's public health system. The MEC for Health, Benny Malakoane, and the Premier of the province, Ace Mashagule, have both failed to respond with any urgency to the crisis.
During a sit-in at Bophelo House (the seat of the Free State Department of Health in Bloemfontein) on the 27th of June by members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and community healthcare...

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Thursday, 3 July 2014 - 09:08


3 JULY 2014, BLOEMFONTEIN: An effective moratorium has been placed on certain public health services in the Free State, a Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) investigation has revealed.
For over a year we have released alerts, stating our concern over a slowly collapsing public health system, the evidence of which is borne out of the many stories we receive on a frequent basis from those who are dependent on this crumbling health system....

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Friday, 27 June 2014 - 12:07

BLOEMFONTEIN, 27th June: Over 50 community healthcare workers from Bloemfontein are currently staging a sit-in within Bophelo House - the headquarters of the Free State Health Department - in frustration over the on-going crisis in the provincial health system. A demonstration was held throughout the night to highlight the urgent need for action to address the collapsing health system and in particular draw attention to the non-payment and uncertain employment status of community healthcare workers in the province.  
In April the MEC of Health, Benny Malakoane sent a...

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Thursday, 26 June 2014 - 13:38

Memorandum delivered by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 to a representative of the Department of Justice and Correctional Services (DJCS) at the SA TB Conference on Thursday 12 June 2014.
Department of Justice and Correctional Services must urgently recognise and confront the deadly TB epidemic in its prisons.
TB is the number one cause of natural deaths in South Africa’s prisons. Due to poor data collection, the prevalence of TB and DR TB in prisons is unknown but is widely suspected to be dangerously high – the DJCS...

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Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 21:34

Free State Health System in Collapse – Lives are Being Lost
Urgent & Immediate Intervention from Minister of Health needed
JOHANNESBURG – The Free State health system is collapsing with stock outs of more than 200 essential drugs and supplies at the provincial depot, desperate health workers begging for help and stock outs of supplies needed for critical investigations such as electrocardiographies (ECGs).
ECGs monitor heart activity for various medical procedures. Out of stock drugs at the depot include antiretrovirals...

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