Members of the DA gathered outside Durban’s Addington Hospital on Thursday, 12 July to host an interdenominational prayer for the families of those affected by cancer.

This in response to the oncology crisis that left patients without healthcare due to a lack of facilities and healthcare practitioners.

Organiser, PR Councillor Sharmaine Sewshanker said: ” We organised this event because we realised that we need to stand in solidarity with the victims after the health crisis. We want to send a message to the MEC that the oncology machines must be maintained at all times because the public need the health care.”

DA MPL for Health, Dr Imraan Keeka said his father had struggled with cancer before passing away in 2014.
“We have called this meeting following the oncology crisis because many of the people who lost loved ones have not had closure.”

Ward 30 councillor, Warren Burne also recalled his own family’s struggle with cancer.
“My sister died 5 years ago. She relied on the public health system and she was shunted between different hospitals until her condition overcame her in September 2015.”

In a statement issued in June this year, KZN MEC of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said that complete oncology services had been restored at Addington Hospital.”There has always been chemotherapy and surgical procedures on cancer patients in this hospital. The department has now successfully repaired one Linear Accelerator and also upgraded its software. The Linear Accelerator received a full license to operate on 5 June 2018,” said Dhlomo.

On 6 June this year, the first patient successfully received the first dose of radiation at Addington Hospital
Dhlomo added that the installation of the second machine has been completed.