Hospital needs ‘urgent attention’
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.