­Health MEC on Nkwali Clinic visit

2018-01-31 06:00
MEC Dhlomo at Nkwali ClinicPHOTO: SUPPLIED

MEC Dhlomo at Nkwali ClinicPHOTO: SUPPLIED

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KWAZULU-NATAL Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo visited the troubled Nkwali Clinic at Mnini, near Amanzimtoti, where he noted a number of complaints, including poor staff attitude towards patients, the alleged turning away of a patient who had an emergency, and claims that nurses don’t respect time and recently left work early so they could be part of “Black Friday” shopping.

Dhlomo was tipped off about the alleged goings-on at the clinic by the local inkosi on Saturday, and has since taken swift action.

Following a surprise visit to the clinic on Monday, Dhlomo says he is extremely concerned by the allegations as they are contrary to principles of Batho Pele, codes governing healthcare professionals and the benchmarks set by the department’s ideal clinic monitoring system.

“Firstly, we would like to thank the traditional leadership here for the co-operative relationship we have, which has enabled these issues to be brought to our attention.

“Secondly, we would like to thank the local community for the patience they have shown by not resorting to taking the law into their own hands.

“This clinic falls under Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital [PMMH].

“We will follow up on reports that have been sent to PMMH, have another meeting here, and concretise a plan and request the eThekwini Ward 98 Cllr Thabethe to call a community meeting where I will, through him, report on our findings regarding this clinic.”

- Supplied.

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