Patients lie on dirt outside Mankweng clinic

Jacques Smalle MP

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

Patients on drips at Mankweng clinic in Limpopo are lying on dirt outside the facility due to a lack of beds, tables and chairs.

The DA visited the clinic this week to assess the conditions after receiving complaints from the community.

We are calling for the MEC Norman Mabasa’s immediate intervention. Basic equipment is needed at the clinic for the staff to do their daily work.

Patients are forced to stand in long queues the whole day without getting any help.

The toilet facilities inside the building have been broken for months with some long drop toilets outside sufficing for sanitation facilities.

The clinic is also understaffed with less than seven nurses that see more than 350 patients a day.

The clinic looks building is dilapidated, with no waiting room, broken windows and doors with on handles. The facility is also not wheelchair friendly and the floor has holes that pose a risk to those who uses crutches or wheelchairs.

The condition of this facility undermines the dignity of the elderly, women and all who must visit this place.

Patients spoken to by the DA say they are advised to collect their medication every Thursday but are often turned away due to a lack of medicine.

The DA calls on the MEC Mabasa to provide the clinic with adequate resources and provide more nurses with immediate effect.

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