Over 2,000 patients awaiting kidney transplants at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

The MEC says the list is compounded by the shortage of donors in all categories of transplant in Gauteng.

FILE: The MEC further states that another 286 patients from both in and around Gauteng are on the waiting list for various other procedures, including renal and liver transplants. Picture: Freeimages.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu says about 2,000 patients are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.

She says the list is compounded by the shortage of donors in all categories of transplant in the province.

The MEC further states that another 286 patients from both in and around Gauteng are on the waiting list for various other procedures, including renal and liver transplants.

Mahlangu's spokesperson Steve Mabona said, "Charlotte Maxeke has conducted some of these procedures; Talking about liver transplants, there is a lot of work we've done on liver transplant, so the issue is the availability of those who want to donate."

In October, hundreds of patients were finally operated on as the province tried to deal with significant backlogs at its facilities.

Actress Mara Louw was among 170 patients at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital benefitting from the surgical blitz.

She had urged South Africans not to shun the public healthcare system, despite waiting months for a hip replacement.

The blitz was aimed at eradicating the long surgery waiting list at hospitals across Gauteng.