Sekhukhune residents are concerned about the services offered by local clinics. Sekhukhune Times visited these establishments to hear the community’s views.
Residents highlighted that the nurses frequently took breaks, and that they are sometimes told to buy their own medication, as the clinics had none.
Malehu Makala (23) said she would rather die at home than be abused by the nurses. “The last time I went to St Ritas Clinic, the nurses told me they couldn’t help me after I was made to lie on a bench for four hours.”
Ishmael Komane, a resident of Steelpoort, said they always experience difficulties in getting help at the Longtill clinic. “When we come with our patients, they tell us to take them to the hospital. In most cases the patients do not have transport and the nurses refuse to call an ambulance. I have lost count of the number of patients I have transported from Longtill to Dilokong Hospital.”Another angry resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she decided to stop using the Ngwaabe clinic. “Most of the times I went there, I ended up going back home without getting medical assistance.
“The nurses take long breaks and when they return they say they don’t have medication and that we must buy it ourselves. Sometimes they cut the lines and tell us to come back the next day.”Limpopo health department spokesman, Thabiso Teffo, urged patients to lodge formal complaints with the department. “We review complaints about nurses, doctors and staff at the clinics. There are suggestion boxes in which one can lodge grievances. Please utilise them and we will try our best to ensure our people get better health care.”Patients also applauded clinics for rendering good services. Among the clinics known for best care are Motshana, and Phiring clinics.