Hospital theatre allegedly not operating over weekends

DENNILTON– Bolsheviks Party of South Africa (BPSA) moved that it was concerned that the theatre at Philadelphia Hospital in Dennilton was not working over the weekends. The party claimed the theatre only worked on weekdays, posing risk to patients who needed immediate medical attention at the facility. BPSA leader Seun Mogotji claimed patients admitted on weekends were urged to wait until Monday for operations and x-ray scans. “We are concerned that patients have to wait the whole weekend while in pain in order to be attended,” he said. Mogotji added that the problem had been for a very long time while the provincial Health Department did nothing. “The matter was reported several times to the department but nothing has been done. We demand actions be taken immediately to deal with this unbearable situation,” he said. According to Mogotji, not only the hospital theatre is a problem, but the hospital is also unhygienic. “The linen is not properly changed in the wards, patients are urged to use blood splattered sheets that were used by patients who were discharged shortly after being treated. This situation is against the health standard and expose other patients at risk of contracting diseases,” he said. He added that the hospital was rated as one of the best by the Department of Health MEC, whereas it is frequently hit by shortage staff members and medications. “This is the opposite of what the hospital really is. The MEC gives compliments to the hospital and the situation there gets worsened. People are not treated properly there because people are not doing their work,” he said. Limpopo Department of Health Spokesperson Neil Shikwambana said the theatre is operating normally on weekends. “The thing is that our doctors are not always available in the wards and working on call during the weekends when patients need medical attention in the theatre. I can assure you that they attend to patients on time,” he said. Shikwambana added that the hospital is currently washing its linen in Middleburg as they are busy renovating the laundry. “The problem was that the truck that is transporting our laundry to be done in Middleburg was broken and later fixed. The situation is back to normal and the truck is now transporting laundry as usual,” he said.


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