Free State health to outline solutions

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Solutions to the challenges faced by the Free State Department of Health are to be outlined by the department’s heads to the chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Bongani Majola.

This comes in the middle of the SAHRC’s team visit to the province with the aim of monitoring the state of healthcare facilities, OFM News reports.

The Free State provincial Manager of SAHRC, Thabang Kheswa, stated they have so far visited Pelonomi Hospital and MUCPP clinic in Bloemfontein, and saw the challenges the two facilities are faced with.

On Wednesday MEC Montsheng Tsiu and HOD Godfrey Mahlatsi will outline their plans to elevate the state of the sector.

The other facilities in the sector that will get visited by the SAHRC will be Manapo Hospital in Qwa-Qwa on Thursday, and will end off with a meeting with the management of the hospital to discuss their issues.

The last facility to be visited by SAHRC will be the Dihlabeng Hospital in Bethlehem, which will also end off with a meeting between them and the management of the hospital.

At the first facility they made an oversight visit to, Pelonomi Hospital, Kheswa explained that they found out that staff shortage is still a huge issue. The issue has been previously reported and the department had replied they will be giving it attention. It remains unclear if the specialists the department had set top appoint were appointed at the end.

However, OFM News previously reported that the issue of staff shortage at hospitals is a national one; as DA member of the Portfolio Committee on Health, Michéle Clarke told OFM News that the department has not communicated to when they will be able to fill over 21 000 posts of nursing staff in the country.

OFM News/Tshehla Koteli