Foreign nationals are burdening the South African health system.
SABCNewsOnline reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said this on the second day of labour union, National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union’s (Nehawu) Nurses’ Summit in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
The purpose of the summit was to look at issues that nurses are facing, such as safety, training and the introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI).
According to SABCNewsOnline, Motsoaledi said more hospitals and clinics were needed to accommodate all the local and foreign patients, adding that South Africa had to re-look at its immigration policies to control the number of undocumented and illegal immigrants in the country.
“The weight that foreign nationals are bringing to the country has got nothing to do with xenophobia… it’s a reality. Our hospitals are full, we can’t control them. When a woman is pregnant and about to deliver a baby you can’t turn her away from the hospital and say you are a foreign national… you can’t. And when they deliver a premature baby, you have got to keep them in hospital. When more and more come, you can’t say the hospital is full now go away… they have to be admitted, we have got no option – and when they get admitted in large numbers, they cause overcrowding, infection control starts failing.”