Unpaid Community Health Workers shut Zandspruit Clinic

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health

Unpaid Community Health Workers (CHWs) have shut down the Zandspruit clinic in north west Johannesburg in protest since yesterday (Monday 13 October).

This has left about 50 000 residents of the Zandspruit informal settlement without easily available care.

The CHWs complain that they have not been paid for three months.

This is an unacceptable situation that needs to be resolved as soon as possible.

CHWs perform a valuable health service and should be treated with respect but have suffered from persistent payment problems in Gauteng.

I have written to Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu to urgently address this issue.