Today's Big Stories

The issue of foreign nationals and healthcare in SA

The Gauteng Department of Health released an update on the treatment of foreign nationals in hospitals.

Jo Vearey, Senior Researcher at the African Centre for Migration and Society (University of Witswatersrand) spoke to John Robbie to respond to the Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu’s sentiments, last week, that the number of foreigners visiting the country’s hospitals is putting severe strain on the facilities.

Mahlangu told EWN that very often, nine out of 10 patients are not South African, adding that in most cases women, who are in their third trimester take a massive risk by traveling to South Africa to deliver their babies.

This arises following recent reports of a Zimbabwean woman who was allegedly ignored by nurses at the hospital, where her premature baby later died.

Qedani Mahlangu, Gauteng MEC of Health also spoke to John to respond to concerns raised by the African Centre for Migration and Society.

The biggest challenge is that women who are reliant on public maternal healthcare do at times face challenges including those who are foreign nationals. I think that these are issues that we should be addressing. Statements of the number of these women, that are unsubstantiated, are not helping.

Jo Vearey, Senior Researcher at the African Centre for Migration and Society (University of Witswatersrand)

Listen to the full conversation below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

Nurses in the spotlight after Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital incident

Nurses in the spotlight after Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital incident

Stephen asks if enough emphasis is put on support of nurses in the sometimes difficult work they do.

Nurses who caused baby death under investigation

Nurses who caused baby death under investigation

Patients told EWN that a mother was ignored at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child hospital as she went into labour and lost her baby.

Popular articles
Are you ready to 'Walk the Talk' with 702 & MTN?

Are you ready to 'Walk the Talk' with 702 & MTN?

The annual MTN Walk the Talk with 702 takes place on 22 July this year, under the theme 'Walking for South Africa'.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

You’re either a ‘money slave’ or a ‘money master’ (says author of 'My Money')

You’re either a ‘money slave’ or a ‘money master’ (says author of 'My Money')

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Sugar Creek financial expert and author of “My Money” Gerald Mwandiambira.

How to make money through ‘buy-to-let’ (using very little of your own money)

How to make money through ‘buy-to-let’ (using very little of your own money)

Bruce Whitfield interviews Francois Janse van Rensburg, author of “Making Money through Buy-To-Let in South Africa".

'More black farm workers are killed than white farm workers'  - Johan Burger

'More black farm workers are killed than white farm workers'  - Johan Burger

Following a spate of farm murders in the Cape, the policing expert says there aren't enough stats available on farm killings.

Soulful Sundays Playlist: Sunday 11 June 2017

Soulful Sundays Playlist: Sunday 11 June 2017

Favourites to feed your soul on Sunday.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?