KZN Health Ombudsman to investigate “torchlight Caesarean”

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Democratic Alliance media statement by Dr Imran Keeka, MPL DA KZN Spokesperson on Health   THE DA in KwaZulu-Natal has received official confirmation from the office of the KZN Health ombudsman that an incident where doctors were forced to complete a Caesarean section by torchlight is to be investigated. The incident took place on 13 April […]

MEC is not Stanger Hospital’s saviour

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Democratic Alliance media statement by Dr Imran Keeka, MPL DA KZN Spokesperson on Health   WHILE recent interventions by Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo’s at KZN’s Stanger Hospital must be welcomed, the DA remains alarmed by his failure to react when we first raised concerns about several very serious claims emanating from the hospital as far back […]

DoH jeopardising CT ‘scammer’ probe

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Democratic Alliance media statement by  Dr Imran Keeka, MPL DA KZN Spokesperson on Health   The DA has today submitted parliamentary questions to KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, questioning the accuracy of information provided to the province’s SCOPA portfolio committee into possible fraudulent and corrupt activity in the awarding of CT scanner tenders in several hospitals […]

MEC must provide answers over dumping of hazardous medical waste on KZN South Coast

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Democratic Alliance media statement by  Dr Rishigen Viranna, MPL DA KZN Alternate Spokesperson on Health THE DA has called for answers from KZN’s Health MEC following the discovery of dumping of hazardous medical waste – including bloodied medical swabs – allegedly by the department in an open lot on North Road in Oslo Beach within […]

Hospital drug shortages threaten to cancel surgical procedures

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Democratic Alliance media statement by Dr Imran Keeka, MPL DA KZN Spokesperson on Health THE DA in KwaZulu-Natal has been reliably informed via professional sources within King Edward Hospital that specialists are seriously considering cancelling or postponing surgical procedures due to a chronic shortage and in some cases complete lack of Anaesthetic drugs. These essential […]

Stanger Hospital must be placed under provincial administration

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Democratic Alliance media statement by Dr Imran Keeka, MPL DA KZN Spokesperson on Health The DA will today write to KZN’s Health MEC to request that an Ombudsman investigation into Stanger Hospital is completed as soon as possible and for the facility to be placed under provincial administration following a series of issues. The situation […]

KZN’s nightmare reputation in sharp focus on International Aids Day

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Democratic Alliance media statement by Dr Imran Keeka, MPL DA KZN Spokesperson on Health   AS the world recognizes International Aids Day, the DA in KZN is keenly aware that our province is the epicentre of HIV and Aids in South Africa. Despite this nightmare reputation, there is some progress and we have come a long […]

No jobs for 374 social workers despite massive shortage

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Democratic Alliance media statement by Dr Rishigen Viranna, MPL DA KZN Spokesperson on Social Development   A parliamentary response to the DA in KZN has revealed that 374 social worker bursary graduates, recruited by the province’s Social Development department, remain unemployed despite a massive shortage of such professionals in the province. The statistics come after a […]

MEC must act as EMRS strike action looms

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Democratic Alliance media statement by Dr Imran Keeka, MPL DA KZN Spokesperson on Health THE DA in KZN notes with concern recent media reports regarding a possible Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) strike on 25 November – a move which will affect the entire province. This is not the first time the EMRS staff has […]

DA calls on private sector to contribute to the fight against Ebola

Democratic Alliance Press Statement by Dr Wilmot James MP DA Shadow Minister of Health I will write today to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to ask for a report on how well he is doing in persuading South African companies to make donations towards the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Motsoaledi recently said that we need […]