18 July 2013
The IFP is gravely concerned at the shortage
of medicine and resources in rural clinics under uMkhanyakude
IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Hilda Msweli,
MP, said "I visited KwaSomkhele and Entondweni clinic where the
nurses confirmed that there is a drastic shortage of medication.
There is no stock of pain killers or gauzes for injured
patients. In addition, the nurses stated that this problem had
already been reported to Hlabisa Hospital, which is the main
source of supplying clinics with medication but the hospital
replied that there was no medication on hand. In these clinics
there are long waiting periods to see doctors and even after
patients have been seen by a doctor there is no medication
The IFP maintains that government must focus
its limited resources on our most 'medically' deprived areas,
thereby improving the quality of health care in the areas of
Msweli further stated that, "We call upon the
MEC for Health in KwaZulu Natal, Dr Sbongiseni Dhlomo, to
institute urgent action in resolving this problem. Hlabisa Hospital was renovated but it is
useless if it is failing to supply medication to local clinics.
This situation requires urgent redress without any further
delay. Our People are suffering," concluded Msweli.
The IFP calls on the Department of Health in
KwaZulu Natal to direct that mobile clinics operate day and
night to assist those requiring medical care. Access to a
reasonable level of health care is a fundamental human right
which is entrenched in the Constitution of South Africa.
IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs
Hilda Msweli, MP, 072 513 1833
IFP Parliamentary Caucus Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675