by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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Date: 01 February 2019
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape is calling on MEC of Health, Fufe Makatong, to urgently address the crisis at the Ritchie clinic. This comes after approximately 25 sick, elderly patients were sent home on Wednesday after waiting all day for their monthly supply of chronic and prescription medication.
Aside from out of stocks, the understaffed and overworked nurses at the clinic also seem to have adopted a careless attitude towards the delivery of healthcare services. In this regard, it is alleged that in the past, nurses at this clinic have sent patients home because of “electricity shutdowns” or “water cuts” when evidently there were no such cuts.
While medication supply was restored yesterday, the ongoing lack of good management of the clinic is hampering quality health services to the people of Ritchie. Growing frustrations of local residents are further starting to reach boiling point.
The DA calls on MEC Makatong to urgently address the shortage of staff at the clinic and ensure that chronic medication, especially for the elderly, is always available and that they have more than enough supplies to deliver services to residents. This is the very least that the people of Ritchie and the rural surrounds deserve.
Only change under a DA-led government will ensure that healthcare in the rural areas of our province is prioritised and that quality health services are accessible to all people, regardless of where they reside.
DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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