DA barred from saving medical equipment from Limpopo hospital dumpsite

Jacques Smalle MP

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

The Democratic Alliance has been barred from salvaging medical equipment dumped by Polokwane hospital officials.

The DA arrived at the hospital this morning with a truck in an attempt to rescue piles of medical equipment such as wheelchairs (click), beds (click),incubators (click), trolleys and photocopy machines being dumped behind the premises.

The DA’s trucks were allowed access to the dumping site but were then barred from taking the equipment by junior officials because the hospital CEO was too busy to attend to the matter.

It was clear for all to see that much of the equipment was still in perfectly usable condition, with working wheelchairs and hospital beds dumped and left to waste away by the Limpopo government.

Medical equipment shortages in Limpopo hospitals has reached crisis levels. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recently witnessed first-hand the lack of essentials like x-ray machines at hospitals such as Tshilidzini, where staff borrow equipment from nearby facilities.

The DA’s own oversight visits have uncovered patients sleeping on the dirt outside clinics in Mankweng because there are no beds. At Mookgophong Health Centre we found that the only 2 incubators are not working with premature babies being transferred to a hospital 55 kilometres away.

The DA suspects that many other Limpopo hospitals are involved in the practice of wastefully dumping equipment. We will be conducting a widespread investigation in the coming days.

It’s unthinkable that with a province-wide equipment crisis in Limpopo, the provincial government is destroying perfectly usable essentials like beds and wheelchairs.

This senseless practice has been uncovered just months after the DA exposed how the Education Department was burning and shredding perfectly usable textbooks.

The DA is now pushing for an urgent meeting with Health MEC Dipuo Letsatsi Duba to explain why the Limpopo government is dumping medical equipment instead of repairing it.

We want the practice of dumping medical equipment in Limpopo to end and for shortages to be addressed immediately.