A women is forced to suffer an undignified and painful abortion, baby Ikho who should have lived but died as a result of gross mismanagement at Pilani Clinic, which has no electricity and has never seen an ambulance but serves 1800 patients every month.
Following a special report compiled by the TAC and SECTION27 – these stories tell of the broader health system crisis in the Eastern Cape and of the people who suffer the consequences of mismanagement, corruption and indifference. Read Health-e’s coverage below.
Pilani Clinic is often the first point of care for patients from the Eastern Cape’s Coffee Bay area but it is often not their last as systemic shortages fuel a referral system that is costing patient lives and money.
Over the past 15 years the Eastern Cape Health Department has deteriorated. Fraught with medicine shortages, equipment failures, huge staff vacancies, corruption and fraud, this timeline documents just some of the many problems surrounding this troubled province.
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OurHealth is a project driven by a committed group of citizen journalists reporting on the health issues in their specific communities, many of which are rural and do not feature on the mainstream news agenda. Read the latest OurHealth stories here.