Department Must Not Close Pongola Hospital

1 March 2013      


The IFP calls on the Department of Health in Kwa-Zulu Natal to immediately stop the closing down of Pongolo Hospital in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. The people of Pongolo and surrounding areas have a constitutional right to healthcare in their own area and do not have the means to travel to other areas for medical treatment.


IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs. Hilda Msweli MP said, "It is shocking to discover that the Department of Health in Kwa-Zulu Natal is planning to close down such an essential medical services institution without providing alternatives to Pongolo residents and Pongolo Hospital staff. People's lives are at greater risk now because of this travesty".


In addition to this pending medical treatment crisis in the area, there will also be a crisis of unemployment with many of the Pongolo hospital staff being retrenched.  We therefore call upon the Department to immediately allocate Pongolo hospital the R3.8 million subsidy that it requires in order to sustain its running costs.


The IFP also calls on the Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi to intervene in this situation before the citizens of Pongola suffer due to this closing.



IFP Spokesperson on Health, Hon. Hilda Msweli MP, 072 513 1833 


IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252