26th August 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal Legislature calls on
Health MEC, Dr Sbongiseni Dhlomo, to urgently appoint a task
team to investigate claims that Hlabisa Hospital is drying
hospital laundry outdoors due to broken laundry machines.
"We are very concerned that the Department of
Health has neglected laundry services at provincial hospitals.
If the MEC is serious about his Departmentís turnaround strategy
he should prioritise this matter, as the cleanliness of a
hospital is a matter of life and death. The MEC must appoint a
new company to take over from the current one, which has failed
dismally to make sure that laundry machines are working
properly. It has been a year since some machines have been
broken but nothing has been done to repair them," said IFP
Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana, MPL.
"The hospital has several laundry machines,
but only three are working properly which has resulted in them
being unable to cope with the bulk of hospital laundry. The MEC
must intervene urgently," continued Mrs Nkwanyana.
"The MEC must ensure that broken equipment is
repaired and better systems for laundry management logistics
must be put in place. In addition, he must conduct an audit to
determine how many hospitals are in a similar position like
Hlabisa Hospital," concluded Mrs Nkwanyana.
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL, IFP
Spokesperson on Health, 084 736 5183 / 078 302 3991
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675