High risk of baby deaths at Limpopo clinic

Desiree van der Walt MPL

DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Health

Mothers giving birth at the Mookgophong Health Centre in Limpopo are at high risk of losing their babies to infections as basic functions at the clinic have collapsed.

The state of maternal care at the health facility is a shame almost 20 years into a democracy that is supposed to guarantee all South Africans the right to decent public healthcare.

During an unannounced visit to the facility, the DA has found:

  • The only toilet in the post-natal room is not functioning
  • The only 2 incubators are not working with premature babies being transferred to a hospital which is 55 kilometres away
  • The baby warmer for newly born babies is situated very close to broken windows, exposing babies to the cold and infections
  • The maternity ward also does not have a door or any hot water as geysers have not worked in a very long time

Staff of the facility are forced to bring their own desks to work as basic furniture has not been supplied to the clinic. Key equipment such as x-ray machines has also been broken for the past 9 months.

The DA calls for the urgent intervention of Health MEC Norman Mabaso in ensuring that the health care centre is provided with proper facilities without delay.

The condition of this clinic is inhumane and poses a terrible health risk for the entire community.

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