MOUTSE – Limpopo Department of Health has welcomed the court outcome on a matter brought by a group of people living with HIV in Moutse area to stop the department from decanting HIV patients from Ndlovu Care Group into public health facilities.
In an application brought before the Polokwane High Court, the judge has indefinitely postponed the application with the following orders among others, the both the department and Ndlovu Care Group sign a memorandum of understanding to regulate among others the relationship between the two including the process of transferring and decanting of patients during the period spanning from April 2018 to 30 June 2018.
The Limpopo Department of Health and Ndlovu Care Group prepare a joint implementation plan for the transfer and decanting of patients.
The Department of Health should source the assistance of the Office of the Health Standards Compliance to assess the appropriateness of health facilities to which patients should be transferred and translated to.
In a media statement, Neil Shikwambana, Limpopo Department of Health Spokesperson, said the department felt vindicated by the court outcome as it affirmed the stance of the departments on the issue of decanting of patients from Ndlovu Care Group into public health facilities.
“Once again, the department wishes to reiterate that the process will be undertaken in a manner that does not in any way jeopardize the patients. The department believes that the process will be enriched by participation of all affected stakeholders,” concluded Shikwambana.
Seun Mogotji, Bolsheviks Party of South Africa leader, said for the department to have been delayed the removal of patients from Ndlovu Care Group for three months by the court was victory for the people of Moutse.
Mogotji said the Polokwane High Court ruling also meant the department admitted and acknowledged its shortcomings and blunder with regard to the manner in which the Ndlovu Care Group’s matter was handled from the beginning.
“The MEC’s arrogance did not deter or dampen the fighting spirit of all those who fought against her irrational decision all the way without fear or favour. The department must come up with a working plan after the three months period. If that plan inconveniences our people, we will continue to fight them to the bitter end.” concluded Mogotji.