More Limpopo hospitals dump medical equipment

Jacques Smalle MP

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

Dumping usable medical equipment (see crutches and wheelchairs) is now a confirmed practice by Limpopo’s hospitals. This is reaffirmed by DA’s recent visit to Seshego and W.F. Knobel Hospitals.

At F.W Knobel Hospital, loads of crutches (click) were found dumped outside. Only a missing rubber was the defect with most of these crutches.

Beds (click) which only needed a wheel fixated were also dumped. Bed-steps (click) which patients use to climb to beds were also found piled outside with minor defects on them.

It is clear that the medical staff operate under extremely strenuous conditions at this hospital.

The prevailing shortage of office space and basic utilities such as cupboards is made worse by these unnecessary dumping.   Resuscitation rooms (click) can be seen turned into office space for staff.  Patients’ files (click) are lying on the floor.

These findings sharply contradict the stance taken by Health MEC, Ms. Letsatsi-Duba who continues to downplay the impact of medical equipment dumping.

The DA calls upon MEC Letsatsi-Duba to urgently come up with a workable plan which will see the medical equipment fixed and put to use by our hospitals.