Hos­pi­tals sta­ble

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - NEWS - LER­ATO DIALE ler­a­tod@the­newage.co.za

THE in­crease in the num­ber of pa­tients, the bur­den of HIV and tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, the overload in health fa­cil­i­ties and re emerg­ing in­fec­tious dis­eases are con­tribut­ing to the poor com­pli­ance re­sults at health fa­cil­i­ties in Gaut­eng.

The De­part­ment of Labour car­ried out in­spec­tions for bio-haz­ard, ven­tial­tion and in­door air qual­ity, change rooms’ com­pli­ance, med­i­cal sur­veil­lance of em­ploy­ees and other safety is­sues.

That is ac­cord­ing to a re­ply by Gaut­eng health MEC Gwen Ramok­gopa to the DA’s Jack Bloom in the leg­is­la­ture.

Ramk­gopa said the De­part­ment of Labour in­spec­torate had con­ducted var­i­ous au­dits and in­spec­tions at sev­eral fa­cil­i­ties in the past three years.

Chris Hani Barag­wanath, He­len Joseph and Pre­to­ria West hos­pi­tals among oth­ers re­ceived either a non­com­pli­ance find­ing or an im­prove­ment com­pli­ance no­tice.

Ac­cord­ing to Ra­makhopa no fa­cil­ity was found to have de­te­ri­o­rated dur­ing in­spec­tions.

“There’s been an im­prove­ment in gen­eral at all these fa­cil­i­ties based on the out­come of in­ter­nal de­part­men­tal au­dits and in­spec­tions.

“Con­tin­u­ous sup­port is given from staff in the direc­torate of health­care waste and oc­cu­pa­tional hy­giene risk man­age­ment to fa­cil­i­ties in mit­i­gat­ing the ad­verse find­ings of the De­part­ment of Labour,” the MEC said.

Bloom, how­ever, said he was ap­palled that not a sin­gle Gaut­eng hos­pi­tal was com­pli­ant in health work­ers and pa­tient safety say­ing non-com­pli­ance in­creased the risk of be­com­ing in­fected.

“It is very wor­ry­ing be­cause haz­ardous bi­o­log­i­cal agents are in­fec­tious and toxic. They cause al­ler­gic re­ac­tions such as hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity pneu­moni­tis‚ al­ler­gic rhini­tis‚ some types of asthma and or­ganic dust toxic syn­drome,” he said.

Bloom said huge main­te­nance back­log led to con­tra­ven­tions of the Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety Act, in­creas­ing risks such as the re­cent ceil­ing col­lapse in­ci­dent at the Char­lotte Max­eke Hos­pi­tal.

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