BISHO. – Members of the Ubuntu Bethu last week marched to the offices of the Eastern Cape Health MEC to demand better health services in the province.
Although the group of about 100 marchers were from different civil society organisations, including Contralesa, Brothers for life, Treatment Action Campaign, Community Media Trust and World Aids Campaign, they were united in the message they wanted to convey: “we need more resources for health”.
The group marched to the MEC’s offices to hand over a memorandum, and although the MEC was not available to accept it in person, Mr Sicelo Gqobana accepted and signed the Memo on his behalf with the promise that they will look into it.
One of the most pressing demands was that the office of the Treasury should allocate more funds to the Department of Health in the Province in order to meet the growing needs of the people.
They also reminded the MEC of the Abuja Declaration where government commitment to allocate 15 percent of its national budget to health care. - OurHealth/Health-e News Service
Mtshana Mvlisi in an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from Lusikisiki in the OR Tambo health district in the Eastern Cape