FS Health to give clarity on bus clinic dilemma

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One of the mobile clinics that is gathering dust at the Free State Psychiatric Complex in Bloemfontein.

The Free State Health Department will this week provide clarity on the six bus clinics parked at the psychiatric facility in Bloemfontein.

Department spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, told OFM News that the department needed time to consolidate the information on the mobile clinics which also has to be signed off by the accounting officer before providing comment.

Last week the OFM News team reported that an investigation had revealed the imported buses, which were originally destined to provide residents of rural areas in the province with increased access to primary health care, cost R11 million each. It has emerged that the buses cannot travel to the rural and mountainous areas of the province, placing the Department of Health in the province in a predicament.

It is alleged that the Provincial Health Department received a mobile clinic as a donation from China. Following the donation, the department started putting plans in motion to acquire more mobile clinics through a service provider. Documents that include the specifications for these mobile clinics specifically include items such as Chinese steering mechanisms. The quotations for the tender also list thousands of rands for maintenance and insurance to be paid every month.

The OFM News team was on site at the Free State Psychiatric Complex last week where three of the six mobile clinic buses have been parked next to ambulances at the complex, appearing to gather dust. The buses have an X-ray room as indicated in front, cupboards, and state of the art medical machines and equipment.

Olebogeng Motse / OFM News