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Neglect and challenges plague Limpopo clinic, says DA

The Democratic Alliance in Limpopo describes the Mankgaile clinic in block 14, Ga-Molepo as an eyesore.

DA Limpopo Health Spokesperson, Risham Maharaj expressed grave concerns after the party conducted an oversight inspection of the facility.

The party says appalling neglect and numerous challenges are plaguing the clinic.

Maharaj called on Limpopo Health MEC, Phophi Ramathuba, to urgently intervene and address the challenges at the facility.

Maharaj said the clinic, which serves an average of 60 patients a day, is facing severe staff shortages, with at least three nurses,

He said the facility lacks a data recording system and has only one cleaner, adding that  due to these shortages, the clinic operates only on weekdays, exacerbating  shortage of medication such as antibiotics and cough mixtures.

According to Maharaj toilets  facility are out of order, the fence is in disrepair and poses a safety hazard, and the clinic has no generator to provide backup power during power outages.

He said the sewage system overflows into the nurse’s home, requiring immediate attention while waiting area is inadequate for patients, leaving them exposed to extreme weather conditions.

The clinic’s water purifier has been out of commission for two years, forcing patients and staff to consume salty borehole water.

 

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