Generators non-operational in Mpumalanga Healthcare facilities

By Jane Sithole, MPL, Spokesperson on Health:

The DA is shocked to learn that 33 Community Healthcare Centres (CHCs) in Mpumalanga are forced to struggle through load-shedding with non-functional generators.

This was revealed in a DA parliamentary question to Health MEC, Gillion Mashego, who further stated that 25% of generators in the province’s healthcare facilities are non-operational.

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In his response, MEC Mashego contradicts the response received from the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi to the parliamentary question asked by DA’s Shadow Minister of Health, Dr Wilmot James, whereby it states “The Mpumalanga provincial department of health reported “a very minimal percentage” of generators that are not in working order.”

According to the MEC, the department of health commissioned the department of Public Works, Roads and Transport in June this year, to undertake an assessment of all generators in the province’s healthcare facilities.

The health department has had to spend at least R1.3 million in the last financial year for the servicing of generators in public healthcare facilities due to Eskom’s inability to maintain a sustainable electricity supply. This excludes the cost of the 258 940 litres of diesel that is kept on site for back up.

The shortage of generators in hospitals across the country is a serious concern and a threat to patients’ lives, especially during load-shedding as they are unable to cope with power failures.

As Eskom continues to struggle to supply reliable and sustainable electricity, the DA calls on MEC Mashego to safeguard the lives of patients at public healthcare facilities by ensuring that all healthcare facilities are equipped with functioning generators.