Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
2 Mar 2021
6:25 pm

SA’s poor critically underserved by healthcare, including those on Zuma’s doorstep

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

From a rural healthcare facility where a single nurse is the only staff member serving an entire community, to overcrowded classrooms, things aren't looking good for the country's poor.

Picture for illustration. Healthcare workers treating Covid-19 patients at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, 11 January 2020, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The country's poor, it appears, remain on the fringes of national healthcare interventions, as two institutions have recently highlighted just how dire the situation is for those in rural areas, focusing on Nkandla, Eshowe and Melmoth in KwaZulu-Natal. The South African Human Rights Commission's (SAHRC's) recent visit to a healthcare facility in Nkandla where only one nurse was in attendance, and schools in Eshowe and Melmoth where several Covid-19 safety issues were highlighted, has raised red flags over access to healthcare in these areas. The SAHRC's inspection last month revealed that healthcare facilities and schools in rural KwaZulu-Natal, as in...