The negative media reports and shared social media pictures of mother lodgers who were apparently sleeping in a “neglected room’’ at Philadelphia Hospital in Dennilton left a mixed reaction to many. It trended like a wildfire on social networks for anyone to notice and prompted the authorities to action.
The Limpopo department of Health was quick to state on record that these are mother lodgers and were not patients. They were not forced to sleep on the floor with mattresses. This was no different to the Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration Dr Chana Majeke-Pilane who also paid a surprise visit to the hospital on Thursday,11 October 2018.The aim of her visit was to verify whether the reports of violation to the patients and mother lodgers are valid or not.
The Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration Dr Chana Majeke-Pilane said “when I saw the pictures on social media I then decided to come and see the situation that was portrayed in various platforms’’.
During her visit the deputy minister visited the room were the mothers lodgers are kept and discovered that the place is not the way is purported to be in the pictures. She said” the explanation is that there is no special place for mothers in hospitals in general but what the hospital has undertaken to do is to do renovations in that room”. Dr Majake-Pilane and her entourage moved around the hospital. During her visit the deputy minister witnessed that mother lodgers are now moved to a new ward within the hospital.
Most of the mother lodgers stay far-way from their homes and it becomes an economic burden for them to travel from home. In response to this situation the hospital saw it fit to provide accommodation on humanitarian basis.
Ward Councillor of Ward 6 in Sekhukhune said “as residents we are of the view that this hospital must be revamped as some of the buildings are dilapidated. Remember the hospitals is catering for patients from Limpopo, part of Mpumalanga and Gauteng so there is also a need to employ more health practitioners,” he said.