Jacques Smalle (MPL)
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
Patients at Greater Letaba Hospital are at high risk of losing their lives in an event of fire due to the dysfunctional alarm machines at the hospital, the DA has noted during an oversight visit.
The emergency warning and protection boxes (Click here) in critical wards like maternity are not working. In that ward alone, monitoring emergency box alert (Click here) used to call for medical help in the case of emergency is dysfunctional and the warning lights above wards doors are also missing.
In the case of emergency, nurses and doctors will not be able to respond quickly when patients call for help.
It’s clear that there is lack of proper management, security monitoring and maintenance.
The DA has noted that there is a serious lack of maintenance and monitoring in many hospitals and clinics across the province by the department of health.
Last week, nine babies died at Maphutha Malatjie Hospital because they were premature and the hospital allegedly did not have proper monitoring equipment in place.
In November last year, an employee died at Donald Fraser Hospital when an electric pot exploded in the hospital kitchen and injured eight people.
Old equipment and lack of maintenance were suspected to be the cause of explosion.
The DA will write a letter to the MEC for Health, Mr Ishmael Kgejepe requesting his department to probe the state of affairs in all rural hospitals including Greater Letaba.
We call for the upgrade and proper maintenance of these hospitals to meet the safety standards of patients, nurses and doctors in an attempt to improve services and conditions in hospitals.