12 June 2015
Western Cape MEC of Health
Nomafrench Mbombo has raised her concern regarding an article which stated that
over 500 women in the country were sterilised without their consent, because
they were HIV positive.
MEC Mbombo said in a statement
that no facility in the province has a policy that allows anyone to
discriminate against any woman on the basis of her HIV status or sterilise
anyone without their consent.
Siviwe Gwarube said sterilising women without their consent on the basis of
their HIV status is not just a health concern, but it is a Human Rights issue
that cannot be taken lightly.
Gwarube said the Minister of Health,
Nomafrench Mbombo has addressed the Eden District management to get to the
bottom of these allegations, to find out whether there is anyway we can stress
and verify these findings given to us by SANEC.
“While it may be difficult to
investigate this matter, we will do everything possible to support the
investigation the Nation Department of Health will conduct.” Gwarube added.
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