DA requests measures to improve medical waste removal at Free State clinics

Basil Alexander MPL

DA Free State Spokesperson for Health

It has come to the attention of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Free State that certain clinics in the Free State are experiencing problems relating to the storage and removal of medical refuse. Subsequently, the DA wrote to the MEC for Health, Me. Fezi Ngumbentombi to urgently implement measures to improve medical waste removal.

Currently, the following clinics are affected by poor medical waste measures:

* the Itumeleng Clinic,

* the Bronnville Clinic,

* the Jazzman Legotha Clinic, as well as

* the Dinani/Thaba Nchu Clinic.

The ability of any clinic to manage medical refuse is an important feature of our health care services. Such services should be provided in a safe environment.

It is important that both medical personnel and patients feel safe in Free State clinics.

Medical waste removal in Welkom had previously been a source of concern and an overall embarrassment for the Free State health care services. Whilst the aforementioned medical waste debacle is coming to a close, the DA is concerned that a similar situation might occur at other facilities.

Thus, the DA requested the MEC for Health to urgently consider the matter and expedite viable measures in order to ensure that the abovementioned clinics can function in safe environments and a similar situation that was experienced in Welkom be prevented.

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