Editorials
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18 Sep 2021
7:30 am

Government must go all out to support civic duty

Editorials

When a community puts its own money into building a badly needed clinic, the government should at least try to meet them halfway.

Patients who came to the Lurwayizo clinic, built by the community at a cost of R320,000, go home without being seen by nurses. Photo: Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik

It is not difficult to understand that the government cannot provide everything for everybody… but when a community puts its own money into building a badly needed clinic, the government should at least try to meet them halfway by providing health workers to staff it. At the Lurwayizo clinic in the Eastern Cape, though, the community was promised by the then MEC for Health, Helen Sauls-August, that nurses would be provided. The people were happy because they felt it was the least the government could do, given that more than 2 000 residents, as well as businesspeople in the area,...