VIDEO: Dr Phophi Ramathuba defends her statement to Zimbabwean patient at hospital in Bela-Bela saying 'The patient can't leave without paying for bills and Mnangagwa should be involved' KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

VIDEO: Dr Phophi Ramathuba defends her statement to Zimbabwean patient at hospital in Bela-Bela saying 'The patient can't leave without paying for bills and Mnangagwa should be involved'

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Dr Phophi Ramathuba defends her statement to Zimbabwean patient saying 'The patient can't leave without paying for bills and Mnangagwa should be involved'.

In the video, she is heard telling the patient her country must take responsibility for her health issues and not SA, adding that Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa does not contribute to Limpopo's health budget.

“You are supposed to be with Mnangagwa. You are killing my health system. When you guys are sick you just say, 'let's cross the Limpopo river, there's a MEC there who's running a charity department.'

“In Limpopo, we have 5.7-million people, 91% do not have medical aid, they are dependent on the state. The 9% have medical aids. Instead of using the budget for what it's meant for ... You are not even registered anywhere, you are illegal ... This is unfair ...” she said.

“On a daily basis, we have an influx of foreign nationals choking the health system in Limpopo. The situation is getting worse. As a province, we have a backlog of surgical operations, so I started a programme called Rural Health Matter, to reduce the backlog. It's not xenophobic.

“We started this programme when we had a breather during Covid-19 and we have done more than 4,000 operations.

“I started doing inspections, only to find that the vast majority of people on the list are foreign nationals and the operations they come here for are not even emergencies.”

“If she came here for an emergency or she was pregnant you would be justified in criticising me, but this patient got an accident in Harare. She told me a family friend told her to come to Limpopo, she would get help.”

“In the meantime, the people of this province are looking to me for answers. I have this woman whose son got injured during a soccer game and he cannot go back to school. Instead of being operated on urgently, he had to wait and his parents are looking to me for answers.

“I have to attract doctors from across the country and ask them favours to operate on weekends, but we are not winning,” Ramathuba said.

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