SANAC youth sector says proposed merger of KZN hospitals will be a disaster – SABC News
The youth sector of the South African National AIDS Council says the proposed merger of St. Francis and Nkonjeni hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal by the provincial government will be a disaster in the health sector.
Both hospitals are in the Mahlabathini area north of Ulundi.
Youth sector spokesperson Nkosinathi Mpungose said that if the provincial health ministry continues its streamlining, the number of HIV-positive people is expected to increase in areas currently served by St. Francis Hospital.
He says patients won’t be taking their medications by default. The hospital’s closure prompted residents to protest and barricade roads with burning tires.
“Young people are susceptible to HIV, teenage pregnancies, because of the lack of facilities in our communities, the lack of basic services that we need in these small communities. Chronic people will now have to suffer and spend more money to successfully reach the place where they will be transferred. People will drop their medications. More people will get sick and die and force the state to shell out more funds to track and trace patients back to the system,” Mpungose said.