Mbeki cannot fool citizens

President Thabo Mbeki's online letter about Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, pictured, being "a hero to the masses" depends on which masses he is referring to. Is it those who are dying through lack of proper healthcare or those who do not give a damn about anyone?

President Thabo Mbeki's online letter about Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, pictured, being "a hero to the masses" depends on which masses he is referring to. Is it those who are dying through lack of proper healthcare or those who do not give a damn about anyone?

We heard that HIV-Aids medication was going up by 500percent because patients are becoming immune to the current drugs. It is claimed that there are no funds for the medication, but the US has recently donated about R315million for HIV-Aids.

If you have asthma, emphysema or other lung diseases you get five ampoules of nebulising solution a month, depending on the hospital or clinic. This leaves thousands desperate for air, and the lack of proper treatment causes early deaths.

The polio vaccination is no longer compulsory which is a very big saving for the state. No matter how many campaigns the state initiates, if babies are not inoculated, parents are not going to do it later because the little money they have is needed for food and other necessities the state imposed on them.

Mbeki must realise that there are millions of very intelligent South Africans who know about people on waiting lists for livers, kidneys, hearts, lungs, etc and that nothing he says can change the truth that his health minister jumped the queue. Too many deaths have occurred for us to be that gullible.

The sooner we get Mbeki, Tshabalala-Msimang and all the other deadwood out of government, the sooner we can start building a better society, make place for the chronically ill and disabled, and all be useful citizens who band together to alleviate poverty, homelessness and starvation.

Cilla Webster, Umkomaas

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