The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the KZN MEC of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo to appoint a task team to monitor the circumcision programme in healthcare facilities after a nine year-old boy from Eshowe in northern KwaZulu-Natal has been scarred for life since losing half of his penis after a botched circumcision at Samungu Clinic.
"There must be continuous training for those in charge of performing male circumcision to avoid unnecessary injuries. This leads to medical negligence claims where people sue the department of health millions of rand. This must come to an end," said IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana.
"We are concerned about money wasted on medical negligence claims and distress caused to our people. The IFP believes that excellent public healthcare is central to government’s role of empowering South Africans to live lives they value. High malpractice rates in the public healthcare system are an alarming sign of incompetence in our health care system. For as long as the taxpayer picks up the legal costs, negligence and irresponsible conduct will continue, thereby placing people’s lives at risk and incurring more of a financial burden to the department," continued Mrs Nkwanyana.
"The department should ensure there is proper administration and supervision at all health facilities. The IFP believes that the delivery of good quality healthcare should be at the apex of government’s priorities. A healthy and cared-for nation can prosper with the delivery of excellent medical care," concluded Mrs Nkwanyana.
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana
IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Health
078 302 3991
Mr Phendulani Biyase
IFP Media Officer
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