Dr. Neil Campbell, MPL

DA Gauteng Deputy Spokesperson for Health

There are 1684 broken ultra-violet lights in Gauteng hospitals, despite R14.5 million spent on maintenance.

This is revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature.

According to Mekgwe, the lights cost R34 million, and total maintenance cost for two years is R14.5 million.

Each light cost R4 446, and 4508 are fully functional out of 6 193 lights installed in 19 state hospitals. This means that well over a quarter are not working, and I have doubts about the functioning of the other lights as well.

It looks like a lot of wasted money, which is why the Special Investigating Unit is investigating the original contract awarded for the lights.

A proper assessment is needed about the cost-effective use of these lights which are meant to reduce TB infections in health workers.

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