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Horror at report that HIV + women have been sterilised

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The report indicates that women who were pregnant and found to be HIV positive were coerced into being sterilised.

THE DEMOCRATIC Alliance in Gauten has expressed its horror at he report that HIV positive women have been sterilised without their knowledge in a number of Gauteng public hospitals.

According to the Gender Equality Commission, the following five Gauteng hospitals have been implicated:

Edenvale Hospital

Tembisa Hospital

Leratong Hospital

Far East Hospital

Tambo Memorial Hospital

Gauteng DA Shadow MEC for Health, Jack Bloom, said the report indicates that women who were pregnant and found to be HIV positive were coerced into being sterilised.

According to the report some women related that they were forced to sign a consent form while in labour.

Others were told that because they were HIV positive they should not ask questions about what was done to them.

“More cases may come to light and the ethical lapses could be as serious as the Life Esidemini tragedy.

The Gauteng Health Department needs to investigate this and ensure that there is accountability so that this never happens again,” Bloom said.