Problems highlighted at meeting

2017-06-16 06:00
Photo: siphelele nketoCommunity members at the meeting.

Photo: siphelele nketoCommunity members at the meeting.

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THE shortage of doctors at the EG and Usher Memorial Hospital was highlighted by community members at a meeting attended by government officials, including Greater Kokstad Municipality councillors and the Department of Correctional Services at the Kokstad community hall on Wednesday.

The aim of the meeting was to enable government­ departments to tell the community what their plans for improving their services are and to interact with them.
Speakers complained that the hospital did not have enough doctors and that patients are not attended to timeously. Some asked if clinics have specific opening and closing times because they said some don’t open at 9am as they are supposed to.

Department of Health officials acknowledged the shortage of doctors and said the problem­ doesn’t affect only EG and Usher Memorial­ Hospital, it’s a national crisis.

They said posts will be advertised to fill vacant positions. Another community member complained that patients are not given enough blankets in the hospital. 
Andile Pani, hospital communications officer, said all problems raised in the meeting about the hospital will be addressed.
The Department of Education and Department of Home Affairs were not represented at the meeting.

Greater Kokstad Municipality speaker, Zolani Mhlongo promised to invite other departments to the next meeting.
Correctional Services said it has done a lot for the Kokstad community including building classrooms in local schools and hosting awareness campaigns about crime.

Representatives from disabled organisations complained that disabled people are not given wheelchairs by the hospital.
The high crime rate and use of drugs by young people was also highlighted.




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