Walks 6km to work

Sunday Observer - - NEWS -

Health staff mem­bers sta­tioned at Ikhwezi Clinic have been with­out wa­ter for the past two weeks. Res­i­dents of the area in­formed this pub­li­ca­tion that the health em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing nurses and sup­port staff, have been get­ting wa­ter from their (res­i­dents) wa­ter tapes. This has been go­ing on since the past two weeks.

This is be­cause it is al­leged that the tanker, which usu­ally sup­plies wa­ter, broke down dur­ing the same pe­riod.

The tanker usu­ally fills up four 5 000 wa­ter tanks within premises of the clinic.

How­ever, on Wed­nes­day, a tanker could only fill up one tank which is ex­pected to last for roughly a week.

Mak­ing mat­ters worse was that the staff can­not col­lect rain­fall wa­ter as their house gut­ters reach the ground.

At the same time, for now, the health work­ers have to walk ap­prox­i­mately six kilo­me­tres to the non- op­er­a­tional Ikhwezi Clinic.

This is be­cause af­ter the com­ple­tion of the newly con­structed clinic at Mcat­fu­vane, the nurses were moved to live in staff houses. Cur­rently, there are two houses at the staff quar­ters which have about four rooms.

Due to scarcity of trans­port in the area, the sup­port staff usu­ally hitch­hikes to make it in time to their work­place.

When sought to dis­cuss the mat­ter, the staff found at the health fa­cil­ity re­fused to com­ment.

They re­ferred all ques­tions to the re­gional health of­fices.

Ad­dress­ing the mat­ter, Di­rec­tor of Health Ser­vices Dr Vusi Ma­gag­ula said the wa­ter was be­ing sup­plied by the min­istry.

He con­firmed that there were chal­lenges in pro­vid­ing the wa­ter, say­ing this was caused by is­sues of fuel and the tanker’s breakdown. He said such is­sues have con­trib­uted to the wa­ter short­age at Ikhwezi Clinic.

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