Members of the EFF in Govan Mbeki Municipality joined the nationwide EFF public Healthcare Campaign whereby they also handed over a memorandum to the Evander Hospital CEO, Mr Jacky Aphane on Wednesday, 28 February. Mr Thabiso Mofokeng said they are not happy with the way Evander Hospital operates.
He reminded them of the incident where a woman died giving birth at the hospital, he further mentioned that Dr Aaron Motsoaledi visited the hospital and there were findings which showed negligence, but nothing happened so far.
“2018 is a year of public health care and we will visit all the regional hospitals”, said Mofokeng. He further mentioned that some of the staff members raised the issue of shortage of staff, which lead to them working under pressure and long hours. Mofokeng added that there were also allegations of patients sleeping on the floor, while others share beds.
“Patients join the long ques, only to be told to go back to the clinic to get referral letters”, said Mofokeng during the reading of the memorandum. They also demanded that the hospital should employ more doctors and nurses; improve the conditions at the reception area; improve the cleanliness and hygiene at the patients ward; treat all patients with dignity. The hospital should improve the number of ambulances. Mr Aphane received the memorandum and promised to respond.
He further mentioned that issues which are above his area of responsibility will be referred to the relevant people within the Department.