Officials blame each other for clinic's missing chairs

2015-04-06 15:32

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White River - The Mpumalanga department of health and the Mbombela local municipality have blamed each other for missing chairs that have left patients with sore feet at a local clinic.

Health spokesperson Dumisane Malamule said the chairs at the White River Clinic were removed by municipal officials three months ago.

"Yes, we can confirm that the chairs that were at the White River clinic were taken by the Mbombela Local Municipality,” said Malamule.

Malamule added that the department had sourced and supplied other chairs as a temporary measure while the process of procuring new and permanent chairs is taking place, a News24 correspondent reported.

This comes amidst the transfer of clinics that were previously run by municipalities, to the health department.

Malamule said that the department owes the municipality around R58m for the clinics in Valencia, Mbombela, White River and Thaba Chweu.

“At this moment they are still having discussions in order to finalise the process. Then we will know exactly how much we need to pay the municipality for these clinics. Only when the process is done, we will pay. Some clinics in other parts of the province have successfully been transferred,” said Malamule.

Mbombela municipal spokesperson Joseph Ngala was unaware of chairs being removed from the clinic.

Ngala added that primary health care is a competency of the provincial health department, which includes the upkeep of the facilities.

“We have an arrangement with all our debtors on how they need to reimburse the municipality all monies owed, including government departments. These are arrangements we cannot publicise yet,” said Ngala.
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