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Foreigners including pregnant women were refused admission to Gauteng hospitals

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Foreigners including pregnant women were refused admission to Gauteng hospitals.According to MSF, persistent “xenophobic protests” outside the Kalafong Provincial Tertiary Hospital are preventing patients, especially migrants, from entering the institution.

 

 

“These acts must be resisted, and health authorities and leaders must take immediate steps to defend access to healthcare for all,” MSF in South Africa stated.”For three weeks, supporters of Operation Dudula have been demonstrating outside the hospital, yelling threatening words over loudspeakers and blocking people from accessing the clinic.”

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“Just this morning (Thursday), some persons were turned away by demonstrators because of their appearance and accent,” Ndlovu added. He said that the demonstrators were putting hospital employees under “immense pressure” to evict all international patients.”They have even asked that severely ill migrants be ‘unplugged’ and taken out,” Ndlovu claimed. According to Sibusiso Ndlovu, health promotion supervisor at MSF in Tshwane, the demonstrators want foreign immigrants removed from public hospitals.

 

According to MSF, hostility toward serving migrants in South African health facilities is growing, “fueled by inflammatory and political statements from government officials, including Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba,” who was recently recorded berating a Zimbabwean patient in a health-care facility, insisting that foreigners overburden the health-care system.

 

 

According to the international NGO, if migrants are afraid for their safety when accessing or leaving health facilities, and if health staff are pressured to “behave like immigration officials,” the ramifications would be felt across the community.According to Dr Tasanya Chinsamy, medical activity manager at MSF in Tshwane, if non-citizens avoid hospitals, infectious illnesses might spread undiscovered in South Africa.