05 March 2014.
The IFP calls on Ms Noxolo Kiviet, Eastern
Cape Premier, to take drastic action to improve the province's
health care system, as the Provincial MEC of Health seems to
have failed to solve the health crisis.
IFP spokesperson on Health, Mrs Hilda Msweli
MP, said "Pregnant patients in Dora Nginza hospital are being
treated on mattresses on the floor due to a chronic shortage of
hospital beds. This is a violation of patients' rights.
The health MEC is failing to perform his
allotted duties - he has failed to deal with the problem of the
absence of ground level health care in rural areas. The
department must urgently outline what action will be taken to
address bed shortages in this facility and Livingstone Hospital"
The hospital had been placed under pressure
for years by constant crisis management and having too many
people seeking medical help.
"Our concern is also extended to the dire
shortage of specialists in the Eastern Cape. This has resulted
in more than a thousand people being on a waiting list for
surgery in the province. The department must urgently recruit
the much need staff" concluded Msweli.
The IFP calls on the health MEC in the Eastern
Cape to vacate his position because he has failed dismally to
address health challenges since he took office. In addition, the
national health department must build district hospitals in Dora
Nginza as there are no such facilities.
IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs
Hilda Msweli, MP, 072B 513 1833
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