The incompetence of the Eastern Cape Health administration has reached criminal levels. Corpses share drawers and cleaning staff have to buy their own mops and rags.
The report by the Portfolio Committee for Health, tabled in the Legislature last week (subs: Thurs, 8 Oct) reads like a horror. This follows visits by the committee to eight hospitals, in the Port St. Johnâ€™s-, Flagstaff-, Tsolo-, Mqanduli- Lusikisiki-, Ntabankulu-, Qumbu- and Libode areas of the former Transkei.
At the Zithuele Hospital at Mqanduli, corpses share drawers, cleaning staff buy their own mops and rags, doctors bought a patient transport vehicle out of their own salaries, the pharmacist uses her own car to go and fetch medicines to stockpile the medical depot and only half of the posts are filled.
All these hospitals have the potential to serve their communities — if they have equipment, staff and medicine. They need to be properly maintained, vacant posts need to be filled proper management put in place to ensure there is adequate stocks of medicine and supplies.
Politicians and administrators are still blaming the legacies of the past while they themselves are responsible for the serious deterioration of hospital services in the former Transkei. This not only leads to more suffering, but also to deaths for which our department of health should be held accountable.
For further information, please contact Pine Pienaar, MPL on 082 446 1888