Hospi­tal needs ‘ur­gent at­ten­tion’

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PREMIER Supra Mahumapelo said there was a need for ur­gent in­ter­ven­tion to im­prove the con­di­tion of health­care equip­ment and ser­vices at Mahikeng Provin­cial Hospi­tal.

Speak­ing to hospi­tal man­age­ment dur­ing the Roma Nna Set­sokot­sane clean­ing and en­vi­ron­ment ac­tivism cam­paign on Tues­day, Mahumapelo said there were some things that needed ur­gent in­ter­ven­tion that could as­sist the hospi­tal to con­tinue pro­vid­ing qual­ity health­care to the peo­ple in the province.

“I must say dur­ing my walk-about at the hospi­tal I was not happy about some of the things I saw­such as ma­chines that are not work­ing and de­lay­ing ser­vices which are sup­posed to be pro­vided to the peo­ple,” Mahumapelo said.

“I need to sit down with the rel­e­vant MEC and the man­age­ment of the hospi­tal to see how best we can ur­gently come up with short-, medium- and long-term in­ter­ven­tion based on my ex­pe­ri­ence here that can as­sist this hospi­tal to work ef­fec­tively.”

The North West provin­cial gov­ern­ment is in­ten­si­fy­ing the Set­sokot­sane 10 by 10 cam­paigns which run from the 11th un­til the 20th of every month.

The cam­paign aims to create and im­prove con­tin­u­ous pro­vi­sion and de­liv­ery of ser­vices to cit­i­zens and to pro­mote so­cial co­he­sion and healthy life­styles among oth­ers.

The province is us­ing its pub­lic ser­vants to beef up ac­tiv­i­ties in all mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties by also send­ing se­nior man­agers and mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil to par­tic­i­pate and mon­i­tor the cam­paigns.

The premier joined the MEC for lo­cal gov­ern­ment and hu­man set­tle­ments, Fenny Gao­laolwe, in clean­ing the hospi­tal and as­sess­ing the con­di­tion of the hospi­tal by in­ter­act­ing with pa­tients and work­ers on the ground.

Mahumapelo thanked the hospi­tal staff for con­tin­u­ing to work very hard ir­re­spec­tive of the chal­lenges they con­tinue to face in their work­place.

“I must thank you for the hard work you con­tinue to put in 24 hours a day in this hospi­tal, not dis­cour­aged by the sit­u­a­tion you are work­ing un­der on a daily ba­sis.

“I will en­sure that from time to time I come to this hospi­tal to see for my­self whether the con­di­tions are im­prov­ing based on the in­ter­ven­tions we come up with af­ter the meet­ing with your depart­ment.”

The premier said the gov­ern­ment would no longer de­pend only on re­ports from the depart­ment which nor­mally do not talk to the sit­u­a­tion on the ground.

Hospi­tal man­age­ment raised con­cerns rang­ing from short­age of staff, tem­po­rary work­ers, clean­li­ness, bro­ken equip­ment, over­crowd­ing while pa­tients com­plained about wait­ing in long queues.

Act­ing CEO Nosang Mosiane thanked the premier and the MEC for vis­it­ing and tak­ing part in the ini­tia­tive.

“We are pleased to have you, premier and the MEC as the de­ci­sion mak­ers of our province in our hospi­tal to see the con­di­tions,” Mosiane said.

“We are hop­ing that this cam­paign will solve some of the chal­lenges we are shar­ing with you to­day and our wish is that im­prove­ments will fol­low in the near fu­ture.”

A young tem­po­rary con­tract worker at the hospi­tal, Mpho Mon­cho, said the premier must as­sist the hospi­tal to get more per­ma­nent work­ers.

“The hospi­tal needs more work­ers. My wish is that premier ad­vises the hospi­tal to get more per­ma­nent work­ers so that it can work more ef­fec­tively. Oth­er­wise pa­tients will con­tinue to be frus­trated com­ing here to be as­sisted and wait­ing such a long time,” Mon­cho said.


HANDS ON: Premier Supra Mahumapelo and MEC Fenny Gao­laolwe vis­it­ing Mahikeng Provin­cial Hospi­tal.

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