Sameera Casmod | firstname.lastname@example.org
6 December 2023 | 10:41 a.m. CAT
Ms Louisa went to hospital to deliver her baby. There was no bed for her at the hospital, so her baby was delivered on the hospital floor. Her baby fell, and eight days later, passed away.
This is one of many stories, according to Esther Padi, the national coordinator of RISE Mzansi, who spoke to Radio Islam International earlier today. Padi discussed urgent concerns about healthcare facilities, particularly Tambo Memorial Hospital. RISE Mzansi’s National Leadership Collective is making a call for action and is set to picket at the hospital today. This coincides with the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.
Padi explained that numerous women face serious issues in hospitals in Gauteng, and across South Africa.
“We are standing in solidarity with mothers and children”, Padi said. RISE Mzansi is demanding an end to the trauma experienced by women during childbirth. Padi emphasised the constitutional right to dignity and called for accountability in healthcare facilities. The organisation aims to address systematic failures and ensure the safety, respect, and dignity of patients, particularly in government health facilities.
The picketing at Tambo Memorial Hospital is not just a symbolic gesture; it aims to take the hospital’s issues to the health ombud for a comprehensive national investigation. RISE Mzansi advocates for the restoration of hope and dignity for ordinary South Africans who have felt the impact of healthcare shortcomings.
Padi highlighted the challenges of understaffed and exhausted healthcare workers, emphasising the need for professional and compassionate treatment. The organisation advocates for intensified efforts to connect healthcare leadership with the ground reality, calling for credible leaders who prioritise the well-being of citizens.
During these 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, RISE Mzansi is urging a focus on healthcare issues, emphasising that every citizen deserves proper care and respect. The organisation aims to mobilise public awareness, prompting action and accountability to create a healthcare system that aligns with constitutional principles.
Listen to the full interview on Sabaahul Muslim with Moulana Sulaimaan Ravat.