A “world-class” facility in Berlin could not treat former Generations actress Xolile Tshabalala when she was diagnosed with fibrosis after suffering a miscarriage because it is an “African problem”.
But when she returned to South Africa‚ Tshabalala found treatment at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital‚ which‚ according to Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu is one of the province’s hospitals that has improved its performance.
Mahlangu shared Tshabalala’s story with the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on Thursday while she was delivering her speech on the health budget vote.
“On the 24th of February 2016‚ Ms Tshabalala suffered a miscarriage and was diagnosed with fibrosis‚ which affects the uterus.
“Being in Berlin at the time‚ Ms Tshabalala went to what she believed to be a first world facility for assistance; Ms Tshabalala was told that her condition was an African problem‚” said Mahlangu.
“Family and friends still did not understand why I would choose Bara when I could go to any private hospital‚ but to me Bara is and will always be the best for me and many more women who suffer from the same condition. Also‚ I needed to prove that this institution can stand in par with the best in the world‚” Tshabalala was quoted as saying.
“Ms Tshabalala’s story‚ and the many untold stories‚ reaffirms the narrative that we have world class services which have a made positive impact on our people’s lives. We acknowledge that things do not always go right but it is our firm commitment to double our efforts every day to give the best quality service.”
Mahlangu also noted in her speech that the performances of the Charlotte Maxeke and Dr George Mukhari hospitals have declined.
“…This is disappointing. Continuous improvement plans are being worked on to action interventions needed to improve performance‚” Mahlangu said.