E Cape health not in crisis - dept

2012-06-30 07:27

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Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape health department on Friday denied claims that it was unable to maintain medical equipment at state hospitals in the province.

"We are still in a position to maintain medical equipment at hospitals," said spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo.

He was responding to a report in the Dispatch Online, which claimed there was a funding crises relating to revitalisation projects and that some projects had already ground to a halt.

The website said the department was even struggling to fix broken air-conditioners in operating theatres.

"Revitalisation projects are at risk. There's just no money," acting head of infrastructure Mlamli Tuswa was quoted as saying.

The report claimed the department faced a R22bn infrastructure and maintenance backlog, which was crippling service delivery.

The figure had increased by R3bn in the past six months alone, leaving the department struggling to maintain its 1 200 facilities across the province, it said.

Kupelo said: "The issues are receiving attention.

"The report in the Dispatch was meant for the national standing committee on health.

"It was an internal document and this could have possible implications."

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