07 March 2015
Western Cape MEC of Health
Nomafrench Mbombo has raised her concerns regarding the state of the
This as she made an
unannounced visit to the hospital this week were she received several
complaints from the public about the poor service they receive.
MEC Mbombo said part of her
vision for health in the province is to ensure that we improve patient
experience in the public health system.
Siviwe Gwarube says in 2014 alone the head count there increased by
twenty-percent, inpatient increased by twenty-five percent, and outpatient
visits increased by twenty-percent and currently the hospital does not have the
capacity to admit such a large patient number.
MEC Mbombo said they will be
monitoring the hospital to ensure that the challenges it is facing can be
addressed in the best possible way.
The department has identified
various short, medium and long term initiatives that would help alleviate the
pressures at the hospital.
Siviwe Gwarube says “one of the things we started to do is renovations of the
existing emergency centre.
We believe the most effective way of
alleviating the pressure in t that bottle neck is an addition of an extra
forcing bed, overnight ward that will be installed in the hospital by the end
of this year.
Gwarube added that “we will
also be making sure that we are constructing a new community health care centre
in the area to service areas in and around Hederlberg so that we can start alleviating
the pressure in the hospital.
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