Karen de Kock, MPL
DA Provincial Spokesperson of Health
On Friday, last week, the Democratic Alliance visited the Galeshewe Day Hospital to establish the extent of the water problems being experienced at the facility. This after it came to light that the hospital has been battling water problems.
Whilst low water pressure was experienced at the hospital over the weekend already, water flow inside the facility came to a complete halt on Monday, 23 September. Contingency plans include filling buckets and containers with water from outside taps on the premises that have not been affected.
Sol Plaatje municipal workers were busy working on the pipes outside the facility. Efforts have been made to identify the cause of the problem.
The DA is calling on the Sol Plaatje Mayor, Agnes Ntshangula, and Municipal Manager, Goolam Akharwaray, to accelerate process of assisting the hospital to restore water flow.
A large amount of women give birth at this facility. A lack of water under these circumstances is obviously uncomfortable and it is a health hazard for women, newborn babies and hospital staff.
The DA appreciates the efforts of the health staff at the hospital who, under very trying circumstances, are doing their best to negotiate the water shortages in order to properly care for the patients.
We have brought the matter under the attention of Health MEC, Mxolisi Sokatsha, and expect that this crisis will be averted soon.