DA: Motsoaledi should be Limpopo patient

2012-07-19 21:22

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance has challenged Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi to spend a day as a patient in a Limpopo hospital, the party said on Thursday.

"It is clear that critical hospital equipment shortages in Limpopo are endangering the lives of patients and infringing on their right to have access to health care services," said health spokesperson Patricia Kopane.

Motsoaledi should spend a day in the shoes of Limpopo hospital patients and doctors who did not have access to essential hospital equipment and take cognisance of the crisis, she said.

Kopane and Limpopo MPL Desiree van der Walt visited the Lebowakgomo Hospital in Chuenespoort and the Zebediela Hospital in Gompies on Thursday.

"We discovered that reports and whistle-blower information indicating that hospitals in Limpopo are experiencing widespread shortages of equipment were indeed the tip of an iceberg," said Kopane.

Lebowakgomo Hospital's two X-ray film processors apparently had not been in operation since November last year, while the X-ray machines had not been fixed since 2009 because the service provider was owed R70 000.

The hospital's three portable X-ray machines have apparently been inoperable since November.

No orthopaedic operations had taken place since last year as essential diagnostic equipment had been out of order since October.

The hospital's ICT had not had a working telephone for two years, said Kopane.

"At the Zebedelia Hospital we confirmed that newborn babies have to be bathed with cold water as a result of a faulty geyser, which has not been repaired since 2007."

Limpopo health department spokesman Phuti Seloba could not be reached for comment.

  • Lesetja Sema - 2012-07-20 06:58

    its really painful. Something need 2 b done urgently

      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-07-21 12:24

      Come on guys..what’s wrong with you lot..? You expecting far too much from these ouks.. This is just a job, not a calling, not a commitment, just a job. Same amount of education required as a garden boy or a car guard, nothing special about them, just average...BUT... they are COMRADS.... So stop picking on them to do things better, when you know that very very few of them are capable.. If they go to jail for some reason,(usually they are ) they will be free very soon afterwards . That’s how it goes nowadays, so get with the program and stop expecting things to work properly..THOSE DAYS ARE OVER...!!!

      martin.kaschula - 2012-07-22 19:24

      easy,vote them out comrade.

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-07-20 06:59

    Anc is going to lose votes because of this,what a useless government.

      Wayne - 2012-07-20 07:07

      ...........and only themselves to blame.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-20 08:23

      No they not gonna lose votes. The masses love what the ANC is doing to them. Its been 18 years of mismanagement and still people are voting for the Criminals.

  • arthur.mmotong - 2012-07-20 07:12

    Mxm! Useless government

  • thulanit3 - 2012-07-20 07:16

    This DA is sick,,,more often than not,,,they are annoying...!

  • Zahir - 2012-07-20 07:36

    Limpopo another disaster there is only money for anc cadres tenders not healthcare

  • Shaun Mawanda Faniso - 2012-07-20 07:56

    the DA chair should try to be black in south african. stop being a hypocrite like things would have been better if u were in power

      Nyiks11 - 2012-07-20 09:24

      you got a point son

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-07-20 12:21

      That's exactly what the DA is saying, 4 years in power of the Western Cape and see the difference, 18 years of ANC and the country is holding on for dear life, as soon as you can get over the color of your skin, you can join the real world. Here people see a problem and fix it... The ANC see a problem THEY created and look around for someone else to blame...

      Nyiks11 - 2012-07-20 12:58

      4 years in power in the WC and the struggle continues , gangsterism and drug wars have people holding on for dear life.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-20 09:23

    Motsoaledi spent years working in Limpopo hospitals ( St Rita's in Glen Cowie to be precise) , he knows first hand what is and what is not

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-07-20 12:24

      Crisis, what crisis? "There are non so blind as those who choose not to see..."

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