Wa­ter pipes fixed at Marselle clinic af­ter it was shut down

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Dis­grun­tled com­mu­nity mem­bers of Marselle waited out­side the lo­cal clinic on Tues­day af­ter they were told it was closed due to a toi­let prob­lem that was re­ported three weeks ago and was still not fixed.

South African Na­tional Civic Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Sanco) mem­bers took the mat­ter into their own hands as they felt it was an on­go­ing prob­lem that needed im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion from the de­part­ment.

Sanco chair Them­bisile Billy said that he heard about the prob­lem from a com­mu­nity mem­ber and went to the clinic to see for him­self and was ap­palled by the state that the toi­let was in.

“I was re­ally shocked that this toi­let looked this dirty and it hasn’t been flush­ing for three weeks now go­ing on to a month. It’s so sad see­ing that a health fa­cil­ity could look like this and as Sanco mem­bers we have de­cided to in­ter­vene and shut down the clinic, be­cause what we have seen in here is a health hazard to our peo­ple. We also heard that peo­ple use the field out­side, should they need to use the toi­let be­cause they can no longer use the toi­let inside,” Billy said.

At­tempts were pre­vi­ously made by the sis­ter in charge at the clinic to let the sub-dis­trict man­ager in Makhanda, Nikiwe Khanise, know about the sit­u­a­tion, but Billy said the man­ager kept on say­ing that the main­te­nance com­pany that works with them, Sakhiwo, would come and fix it.

“Prior to this, we had re­quested a meet­ing with Khanise about other things that are a prob­lem in this clinic, such as the fenc­ing and that they don’t have full-time clean­ers. She came, but didn’t want to meet with us. She had a meet­ing with the nurses in­stead but our list of griev­ances was handed to her. When we called her for an an­swer, she asked for a time frame of six months,” Billy said.

“We are not sat­is­fied with the way that things are done in this clinic. We know that in­ter­views for clean­ers were con­ducted in June al­ready, but still there is no cleaner six months later.

“The floor has stains that need to be cleaned; the state of this clinic is re­ally not good for any­one who comes here for health rea­sons,” Billy said.

Af­ter send­ing a mes­sage to Khanise and call­ing the dis­trict de­part­ment of health in Port El­iz­a­beth, they were told the dis­trict was not aware of the mat­ter, but they would re­solve it ur­gently. At around 11am on the same day, the main­te­nance com­pany ar­rived to fix the wa­ter pipes.

“We are happy that they fixed the prob­lem. Now that we have fixed phase one of the lists of our griev­ances, we are wait­ing for the de­part­ment to fix the is­sue of the clinic not hav­ing per­ma­nent clean­ers,” Billy said.

Pic­ture: NTOMBI MSUTU

PROB­LEM RE­SOLVED: An­gry com­mu­nity mem­bers wait out­side Marselle clinic af­ter it was shut down be­cause of prob­lems with the toi­let that was not work­ing for three weeks

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