The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal is worried about the increase in the number of bogus doctors operating without licenses, after six male and one female foetuses were discovered in glass bottles filled with a brown fluid, in an illegal dump site overrun with filth and rodents in Marianhill, west of Durban.
"We urge the MEC of Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo to declare war on back-street abortions by launching a campaign to eradicate illegal posters advertising abortions, in all major cities and towns around the province. Bogus doctors use concoctions and pills which could result in illegal and unhygienic abortions that could have adverse effects on women, leading to infections and the risk of not being able to conceive again," said IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana, MPL.
"These so called doctors are still allowed to continue to display their advertisements around the streets, making promises, as we all know, ranging from penis enlargement, abortion, to 'keeping your partner for life'. These people operate under the most dismal and unhygienic circumstances imaginable. They also pose as traditional healers and medical personnel. We call on Dr Dhlomo to appoint a task team to work with SAPS to provide powerful teeth to a special drive against the bogus doctors who play with the lives of gullible people.
These days adverts are pasted in public places and in newspapers, containing deceitful advertisements that mislead people on treating and curing various diseases. This task team must monitor and scrutinize such advertisements, and advertisers who are not legitimate must be arrested for misleading advertising.
Legal advice must be solicited for cracking down on wrongful advertisers. We need to bring on board the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa who must act as the watchdog in the public interest," continued Mrs Nkwanyana.
"The IFP is now calling on the Department of Health to improve its clinic facilities, primarily to provide the public with contraceptives to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Public hospitals must also improve termination of pregnancy services which are supposedly freely available to all the citizens. This will assist our desperate women who become victims of these criminals and end up losing their lives." concluded Mrs Nkwanyana.
The IFP would like to advise the public that they must check the qualifications and HPCSA registration of any practitioner that they may have doubts about.
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL,
IFP Spokesperson on Health, 078 302 3991
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer,
Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675