By Cllr Ramona Joubert, DA caucus: Senqu:
Fears are mounting that parts of the ceiling in the female block of the Lady Grey hospital could collapse onto patients below. This poses a serious safety threat to patients in the female ward, the adjoining baby ward as well as nursing staff and visitors.
In a fair society all patients should have to opportunity to access fully functional medical care, in a safe environment.
I have asked my colleague in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Celeste Barker, in her capacity as DA Shadow MEC for Health, to take up the plight of the Lady Grey hospital. She will be asking legislature questions to the MEC for Health, Dr. Phumza Dyantyi, as to whether the renovation of the hospital has been put out to tender and if so, why this process has been delayed for the past three years as well as what contingency measures there are to stop leaks, rotting ceilings, damp and flooding. The MEC must also clarify rumours that a new hospital will be built in Lady Grey.
Lady Grey hospital normally services surrounding towns like Sterkspruit and neighbouring farms.
I have been informed that the structural problems stem from flood damage in 2006. The foundation continues sinking and when it rains, part of the hospital is flooded and patients must be moved to other wards. Holes have been to prevent water from collecting in the ceiling.
The X-ray machine has not been out of action for the past three years, which means working patients must travel to either Umlamli hospital in Sterkspruit, Frontier Hospital in Queenstown or to Aliwal North at great cost and inconvenience.
Despite the poor conditions and staff shortages, Lady Grey hospital remains cleans and well kept. The DA thanks and commends the staff for their commitment to delivering a good service to their community in the face of adversity.