EFF marches to Ng­welezana Hos­pi­tal

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Thando Ndlovu

FED up by what they de­scribed as ‘poor ser­vice by the biggest hos­pi­tal in the re­gion’, mem­bers of Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighters (EFF) marched to Ng­welezana Hos­pi­tal, de­mand­ing change in the man­ner in which the hos­pi­tal is be­ing run.

Singing rev­o­lu­tion­ary songs, scores of EFF mem­bers blocked the hos­pi­tal’s en­trance last week to hand over a me­moran­dum of griev­ances to the hos­pi­tal man­age­ment, in what was dubbed a peace­ful march.

Read­ing out the me­moran­dum, EFF mem­ber Nku­l­uleko Ngubane de­manded that the hos­pi­tal should hire more nurses and doc­tors to cope with the in­creas­ing num­ber of pa­tients who flock to the hos­pi­tal on a daily ba­sis.

‘Many of the wards in this hos­pi­tal are not clean and this is a recipe for dis­as­ter for our pa­tients who are ex­posed to un­hy­gienic con­di­tions.

‘There is a need for ser­vice im­prove­ment in the whole hos­pi­tal, es­pe­cially in the re­cep­tion area, where scores of pa­tients are kept wait­ing on the benches for hours, with­out be­ing at­tended to.

‘It has also come to our at­ten­tion that pa­tients liv­ing with HIV are be­ing hu­mil­i­ated and dis­crim­i­nated at this hos­pi­tal.’

Hos­pi­tal Man­ager, Mr Mad­lala re­ceived the me­moran­dum and promised to at­tend to all griev­ances, while stress­ing that some of the is­sues raised need the at­ten­tion of the De­part­ment of Health.

The EFF gave the hos­pi­tal man­age­ment a 14-day ul­ti­ma­tum to re­spond.

EFF mem­bers ar­riv­ing at Ng­welezana Hos­pi­tal

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