Walks 6km to work
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.