Disabled man suffers from cancer treatment delay

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health

Mr Santa Kgabo (56) is in excruciating pain while he waits for urgent cancer treatment that has been delayed for several weeks.

His story is told by his friend Claire Salmon Hoff who has written to Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu requesting her urgent intervention.

Click here to view Ms Hoff’s letter.

Kgabo is a disabled man with only one leg who was first admitted to the Mamelodi Hospital on 29 July 2014 for investigatory surgery for a growth on his stomach. He was released fourteen days later after a biopsy was taken for testing. The wound was left open as he was told that should the result be positive, immediate surgery would take place to remove the growth.

This wound has still not been treated and has almost grown closed without any further treatment from the Mamelodi Hospital.

The results of his biopsy should have been available on 1 September, but only came on 13 October. He was diagnosed with a cancerous growth requiring urgent treatment, but his file has not yet been transferred to the Oncology Department at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

I am shocked at his story which shows how a cancer patient’s life is endangered by unnecessary delays in treatment.

Mr Kgabe is a leader in his community in Refilwe in Cullinan, where he runs a home for 59 mentally disabled children.

He has been poorly treated by our health system and I hope MEC Qedani intervenes to ensure he gets speedy treatment for his cancer.