Postmansburg Hospital is in a poor condition, understaffed and has inadequate equipment.
These are the findings of Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela’s visit at the Northern Cape Province this morning. Her spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi says the hospital needs a total revamp. She says the 30 beds hospital treats more than 30 patients. Masibi says the gateway clinic attached to the hospital accommodates more than 5000 patients per day with only one doctor.
She says there’s no decent accommodation for the staff and the current doctor lives in a converted garage.
“The neonatal room does not have required resources equipment and the theatre is also not working. What concerns the Public Protector more is that the hospital cannot perform caesarean operations when there is an emergency. Patients have to be transferred to Kimberley which is 220km way,” she says.
She says they were told that there was an effort to renovate the hospital, its theatre and two more Doctors will be hired in October.
Madonsela will hold public hearings this afternoon focusing on poverty and health issues.