Mediclinic SA donates equipment to FS Health

MEC of Health, Montseng Tsiu

Mediclinic SA handed over almost R500 000 worth of equipment to the Free State Department of Health on Tuesday. According to department spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, the surgical equipment will assist in alleviating backlogs experienced in public health facilities.

Mvambi stated that the public sector caters to large numbers of uninsured patients “Unlike in the private sector where there are fewer patients, we experience high volumes of populations who are in desperate and dire need of urgent medical help. However, we often have to keep these people waiting for longer than usual when we run out of medical consumables. This because of high volumes of consumption,” explained Mvambi.

The surgical equipment was received by MEC of Health, Montseng Tsiu, as well as Head of Department, Dr David Motau, at Bophelo House on Tuesday morning.

Mvambi elaborated that the equipment, which includes specialised scissors, pliers and forceps, would be used in the orthopaedic and gynaecology units of Universitas and Pelonomi Hospitals. “We appreciate all the support, especially if that support comes from corporate citizens such as Mediclinic and other private sector institutions. It helps the department to refocus its spending to other pressing areas,” he said.

The spokesman stated that many patients are affected by preventable diseases that require urgent care. “Running out of equipment is not an indication of a collapsing healthcare system but an indication of a high burden of disease. All of us need to forge good partnerships in order to challenge this,” he said. “People become sick from preventable diseases and at public health facilities we do not turn people away irrespective of whether they are insured or not. So this gesture comes as a relief to the department and has been warmly received,” Mvambi said.

The department has also entered into an agreement with Mediclinic to hold Cataract Marathons where public health patients will be treated by private doctors. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele