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Push to pay South Africa’s sterilised HIV patients

South Africa’s Commission for Gender Equality has said it will seek compensation for HIV positive women who were sterilised without their consent or were pressured to agree.

The commission on Tuesday released a report following an investigation into 15 state hospitals on forced or coerced sterilisation of 50 women.

The report has been referred to the South African Nursing Council and the department of health.

The health department has been told to report back to the commission in three months on steps it has taken to deal with the unethical practice.

During investigations, which began in 2015, the commission found that the women were subjected to “cruel, torturous and inhumane treatment” by doctors.

The survivors detailed horrific experiences of how forced sterilisation impacted their lives. Some said they lost their partners because they could no longer have more children.

‘At least 20 dead in Mozambique cholera outbreak’

At least 20 people have been confirmed dead following an outbreak of cholera in the northern gas-rich province of Cabo Delgado, the state-linked Noticias newspaper reports.

The Mozambican health authorities are reported to have declared the outbreak in the three districts of Macomia, Mocimboa da Praia and Ibo.

The provincial director of health, Anastacia Lidimba, said the outbreak began on islands off the Cabo Delgado coast, where people have taken refuge in unsanitary conditions to flee from attacks by Islamist insurgents on the mainland.

She said the situation was bad on Matemo and Congo islands.

Dr Lidimba said so far 273 cases of the water-borne disease have been diagnosed.

Teams of doctors and medicine have been sent to the affected areas.

FROM BBC NEWS

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