ELANDSDOORN– Chaos erupted at Ndlovu Care Centre in Elandsdoorn, Moutse outside Groblersdal last Wednesday when Limpopo Department of Health nurses together with Ndlovu Care Group nurses started with patients’ transfer process from the centre to public facilities.
Neil Shikwambana, Limpopo Department of Health Spokesperson, said the move to start the transfer of patients from the centre to public facilities followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ndlovu Care Group and the department as per court ruling over the matter.
Shikwambana confirmed the process of patient’s transfer from the facility to public institutions has started, in honour of the Polokwane High Court ruling two weeks ago that the two, Limpopo Department of Health and Ndlovu Care Group sign a MoU within five days.
“That has happened, the MOU has been signed between the department and Ndlovu Care Group and we have started with the process of transferring of patients from the centre to public facilities with the aid of nurses from both parties,” explained Shikwambana.
He said the entire process must have been exhausted by 30 June 2018.
Members of the community of Moutse stood in total opposition of the process’ commencement when they locked up the nurses inside the facility in protest last Wednesday.
Seun Mogotji, Bolsheviks Party of South Africa leader, an opposition in Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality Council, said the move tested patience of both community and patients as large.
Mogotji said the community was unhappy with the department’s decision to offload patients to public facilities from the centre, after it decided to stop the centre’s funding.
“This is no laughing matter and the community feels they are not being taken seriously,” added Mogotji.
Mgotji complained that patients would no longer get proper treatment at public facilities which had no adequate equipment and enough medication.
Ndlovu Care Group is a private medical non-profit organization which has been treating HIV and TB patients over 3500 since 1994.
Dr Phophi Ramathuba, Limpopo Department of Health MEC, announced early in April the department would stop funding Ndlovu Care Group’s more than 3500 patients because it was costly for government as it only spent just over R300 per patient at public facilities.