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Mpumalanga’s public health system is teetering on the brink of collapse, says union

By Tsidi Seme-

Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) in Mpumalanga said the public health care system has collapsed.

This comes as the health sector has been criticized by the general public and several unions for staff at local clinics and lack of resources to assist communities.

Provincial NEHAWU secretary Welcome Mnisi said the health system needs to be resuscitated.

Mnisi said nurses are overwhelmed on the ground.

Meanwhile, a 24-hour clinic in Matsulu outside Mbombela has not been of assistance to the community for the past week. The healthcare center that is said to have employed about 14 nurses currently operates with just three nurses a day.

Residents said they have to queue for the whole day since there is not enough assistance from the staff.

“I have been here since morning and now it’s late. The nurses tell us that some of them are sick, sitting at home,” said one patient.

Early this week RISE fm News anonymously visited the clinic and was told that after six they do not take patients as there will be no evening staff.

It further came to our attention that the nurses are allegedly on strike and those who are working are on a go-slow.

 

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