EASTERN CAPE COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE WORKERS (CHWs) DEMAND ANSWERS

By East Cape News

Community Health Workers are set to march again on the Eastern Cape Provincial health department in Bhisho on August 17 for permanent employment.

On July 6 The United Eastern Cape Community Health Care Workers together with other Civic organizations handed over a Memorandum to the Eastern Cape Health Department. We delivered this memorandum to SG Thobile Mbengashe demanding amongst other things permanent employment for all Community Health Care workers.  However, no one was there to receive the memorandum including MEC Sindiswa Gomba. Until the United CHWs were adamant and clear that they will occupy the offices EC DoH until they come to receive our memorandum. After the United Community Health Care workers arrived there from 08:00 am, SG Mbengashe came to receive the memorandum at 5pm. 

CHWs are undervalued by the department of Health. “Health Workers are at forefront in the fight against TB and HIV, and now against COVID-19 the department of health and are still undervalued and demand an end to this” said the  the United Eastern Cape Community Health Care Workers in their statement.  

They angrily added that they are taking this action deliberately in women’s month to highlight the form of gendered violence subjected to the Health care worker’s by the EC department of health as 99% of the health care workers are women, and to highlight their disregard of us as women and the important work we do in communities and most especially in working class communities. 

“United CHWs march again to Bisho demanding an answer to our memorandum since 7 days that they have been waiting for an answer to their memorandum, but dololo impendulo, and this to us indicates in every way how our work and the work we are doing for communities is undervalued”  they reiterated in their press statement. 

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