Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC), 2017
An inspection report of over 600 public health facilities in South Africa makes grim reading – both because many facilities have deep-rooted problems and because the report is riddled with mistakes. According to the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC), facilities should score at least 80 percent to claim an acceptable level of care – which makes sense when you think of how dangerous a half-dirty hospital would be for a person with a weak immune system. Only two of Limpopo’s 59 clinics and five of the 53 Free State clinics scored over 50 percent. Meanwhile, only 12 of the 100 Eastern Cape clinics managed to scrape over 50 percent, while the majority scored between 30-39 percent. The province’s average for clinic leadership and governance was seven percent.