#FSHealthCrisis: Services at Pelonomi’s maternity ward come to a halt

The Free State Health Department says MEC Montsheng Tsiu will soon engage nurses at Pelonomi Hospital’s maternity ward over challenges they are currently experiencing.

This as services at this hospital’s maternity ward have come to a standstill after employees embarked on a protest. Spokesperson Mondli Mvambi told OFM News that Tsiu is in talks with unions on emergency measures to be implemented, as well as on permanent solutions to employ nurses. Employees at this hospital have lambasted Tsui for the alleged empty promises she made during their last engagement earlier this month.

Meanwhile, they are calling on Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to intervene urgently. They allege that patients are dying on their watch due to lack of resources and the shortage of medical personnel.

A number of patients who would like to remain anonymous, told OFM News they have been waiting in long queues as early as 04:00 without being assisted and that some patients have been turned away.

Meanwhile, the kitchen staff located on the other side of the Pelonomi Hospital have also decided to strike because of salary issues. One of the staff members, Julia Louw, told OFM News that they are paid a very low salary while they also need to provide for their families and pay for transport.

OFM News/Mark Steenbok and Katleho Morapela