Multi million rand white elephant hospital set to open this month

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Photo: Albert Nzula Hospital in Trompsburg. Photo: Christopher Clarke

The new multi million rand Albert Nzula Hospital in Tromspburg that has been gathering dust for more than three years is set to open its doors this month.

This is according to Free State Health MEC Butana Komphela. He said the R380 million hospital that has become a white elephant since construction was completed, is going to open in January to mark the birthday of Nzula.

He was responding to question in the provincial legislature. Meanwhile Finance MEC, Elzabe Rockman, allocated another R10 million to the hospital in the provincial adjustment budget for its faulty sanitation system.

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The system has been sighted as the reason for the delay in opening the hospital. It also emerged that the hospital might face a serious shortage of medical staff even before it opens its doors.

He said the department has advertised 77 posts for the hospital. But that the planned staff component is 196.

A shortage of medical staff and a backlog in maintenance of buildings and medical equipment were highlighted in a Public Service Commissions’ Report after in loco inspections at several hospitals and clinics in the province.

Cathy Dlodlo/Courant News