DA KZN:  Empangeni Clinic a beacon of hope

Dr Imran Keeka, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Health

AN oversight visit to the Empangeni Clinic has revealed a facility that is a beacon of hope within a largely dismal public health care system.

Yesterday’s unannounced visit by the DA showed that this clinic is spotless, with the cleaning company contracted adhering to specifications.  Housekeeping is good, staff are motivated, morale is high and absentee levels are low.  Medical equipment is working and there is enough stock of medicines including vaccines.

Importantly, the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) – designed to improve management of children at primary care level in order to reduce the number of deaths in children – is established.

The result is no queues and happy patients.

It is impossible to ignore the fact that this facility stands in stark contrast to the many other KZN public health institutions visited by the DA in recent months.

It is also impossible to avoid asking the question – why can’t every clinic in KZN function in this optimal manner?

The DA believes it is a question of proper clinic management, quality staff and a will to serve the people.

Clinics serve a vital role, particularly in outlying and poorer communities.  They are often the only option too.

The DA expects KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo to look to Empangeni as a model of excellence and discuss with them what sets them apart from the rest.  We also expect him to look at innovation imported from the Western Cape and other successfully run health institutions.

Clearly, such management deserves not only recognition but duplication.