Reitumetse Makwea
Digital Intern
2 minute read
24 Aug 2021
6:01 am

Covid laying bare SA’s creaking healthcare system

Reitumetse Makwea

Many hospitals and clinics cannot deliver primary care to outlying communities.

A sign at the Helen Joseph hospital in Westdene. Picture: Refilwe Modise/The Citizen

Covid has laid bare many underlying issues about SA’s creaking healthcare system and the spike in infections with every wave has been a severe test for the system since the height of the HIV pandemic in the early 2000s. Many hospitals and clinics cannot deliver primary care to outlying communities, with a failure in governance, management and a severe shortage of healthcare workers making the pandemic the system’s biggest nightmare. According to the portfolio committee on health’s acting chair, Tshilidzi Munyai, scientific analysis and research have indicated that a fourth wave is inevitable and “South Africa should at least be...