Dr Imran Keeka, MPL
DA KZN Spokesperson on Health
A DA oversight visit to Grey’s Hospital last week revealed, amongst other issues, that the Urology department’s cystoscope was broken, with a new one on order since November last year.
According to a specialist, the hospital had been forced to borrow another device from the private sector in order to continue treating patients.
I subsequently raised the issue with KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, whose ensuing intervention appears to have ruffled feathers within the department. The MEC has committed to dealing with the problem soon.
The DA welcomes his swift response to this matter.
A cystoscope may not be the kind of equipment that will bring a hospital to a standstill. Yet it is vital in the work of urology. It is a “bread-and-butter” tool so to speak that is used to examine urinary bladders without surgery and is used in procedures to remove stones, check why there is blood in the urine, examine the bladder for possible cancers or growths and many other functions.
It is inexplicable that a large hospital such as Greys should be without such a piece of equipment.
It is precisely this type of tardiness and bad management by KZN’S Health department that has led to a poor working morale among medical staff and the frustration and suffering of patients. The DA has consistently raised this point.
We sincerely hope that this type of mismanagement will come to an end with the formation of a more capable, stricter management team.
It is unacceptable that it should take a DA oversight visit and then the MEC’s intervention to sort out an issue that is the department’s responsibility.
The DA will endeavour to keep the doors of communication open with MEC Dhlomo so that matters found during such visits receive the attention they deserve.