2 ambulances in Mankweng Hospital – right to health care denied

Desiree van der Walt MPL

DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Health

Mankweng Hospital only has two ambulances to service a vast community of people, including nearby villages. This came to light when a call was made this past Saturday to this hospital to request an ambulance to pick up a patient from the village of Ga- Lekgothoane in Molepo, outside of Mankweng.

This village does not have a clinic where they could have taken this patient to. They rely on Mankweng Hospital for their medical needs.

The call was made at 16:39 on Saturday this weekend. By 18:33 the family had still not been able to take the patient who had consumed detergent poison to get medical attention.

The assistant from the hospital can be heard saying that they only have two ambulances. The one ambulance had gone to Polokwane and other one was attending to community calls.

This hospital is supposed to function as a tertiary hospital providing services to district and regional hospitals in the province. It is inexplicable that this hospital will operate with only two ambulances.

No ambulance eventually came to pick up this patient.  Indigent as the patient’s family  are, they had to scramble to get money to pay a private person to take the patient for medical attention.

Health MEC Norman Mabasa must explain how a hospital which services such a vast area such as Mankweng and the nearby villages is meant to function with only two ambulances.

The people of Limpopo must equally be entitled to the basic health care rights guaranteed by our Constitution.

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