The Northern Cape Health Department says there are plans to renovate defunct clinics across the province. It comes as complaints mount about crumbling infrastructure and under-resourced clinics in small towns.
Residents of Warrenton, Pampirstad and other small towns in this province have been complaining about poor medical care for months. Many cannot get help in these clinics.
Access to health services has become an uphill struggle as many facilities are closed. The Department of Health says it is urgently addressing infrastructure and staffing issues.
“This year we have received an additional 16 million rand from the National Department of Health and Finance, which we appreciate because it will now allow us to go and improve some areas. We appoint masters and improve the maintenance of our facilities. We are strengthening our supply chain, we have reorganized our supply chain to ensure that the equipment that is needed for our medical staff, for our doctors, including students, is where it needs to be,” says the head of the health department. , Northern Cape, Ryan Strydom.
With health care services still a concern, nursing students at the Henrietta Stockdale College of Nursing have come out strongly against resource challenges in the province. Earlier this week, many took to the streets to call on the department to prioritize their needs and primary care.
The department is adamant that this only nursing college in the province will not close without leaving a shortage of nurses in the clinics and leaving the department in a difficult position.
“I must assure that this clinic will not be closed. It does not wait for closure. The people who want to shut it down are a group of disaffected people. They want it close, they call it shacks, but we’re going to call the Department of Labor to come and see if they’re shacks and the municipality to come and give us an honest opinion on some of these allegations.” , – added Strydom.
While the provincial health department promises to address the health problems plaguing communities in the province, it remains to be seen when a number of clinics will begin receiving adequate resources.