SAHRC orders KZN Health to repair radiotherapy machines at hospitals

The SAHRC has found cancer patients in KwaZulu-Natal have to wait a long time to undergo radio treatment or to see an oncologist.

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DURBAN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has ordered the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department to immediately repair and monitor radiotherapy machines at hospitals across the province.

This comes in light of a long-standing battle with non-governmental organisations and the department over equipment that hasn’t been maintained due to a cancellation of contracts.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the province is calling for Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo to resign over the matter.

The SAHRC has found cancer patients in KwaZulu-Natal have to wait a long time to undergo radio treatment or to see an oncologist.

The Medical Rights Advocacy Network says it’s difficult to determine how cancer patients may have died due to the lack of medical attention because it’s likely to be recorded as death due to natural causes.