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What have we, the innocent public, done to deserve the treatment we are being subjected to in some of the country’s health institutions that is about to cost the lives of some people?

When will people’s lives matter to such a degree that visible proactive and appropriate action is taken to avert unnecessary inconvenience, harm or death of people? 

We’ve hardly overcome the drug shortages and now we are confronted with locked doors and lack of personnel at some of our health facilities.
We have also been warned to brace ourselves for the release of psychiatric patients onto the streets because they are too dangerous to staff and each other at the psychiatric centre, without the necessary drugs.

Teachers, on the other hand, are telling parents to keep their children at home as schools may be fully functional when they re-open for the third-term next week. It seems dangerous to dismiss these warnings as idle threats given the negative developments playing themselves out at our health institutions.
Nurses are prepared to sacrifice our lives for money; a tendency copied from our government, no doubt, which has brought our once vibrant economy to its knees. The genesis of all this is poor allocation and utilisation of our resources.

We have paid our taxes, albeit begrudgingly, and are entitled to nothing less than full access to quality health, education and safety, among other government public service delivery obligations.

For the consultative country that we say we are, we deserve a government that listens to the good advice that has been flowing freely to it for decades through countless dialogue forums, sector engagements, governance experts, regional and international best practices and sometimes valid contributions from Sibaya and the people’s representatives in parliament.

However, here we are today where we, the ordinary citizens, have to bear the brunt of our contributions that were of no good to the decision makers. We’ve asked the question before but will do so again until the people get to be listened to: How many more must die before our lives matter to government?

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