Tshwane patients stranded without x-ray services

‘€œI have to take four taxis and it costs me R32 to get to Odi Hospital and back, it is a heavy burden for us,’€ complained Ms Zanele Madlisa, a patient at Kgabo.

Kobus Msiza, an unemployed man from Winterveld said it took him nearly one and a half hours to walk to the hospital, and all the while he was experiencing chest pains. ‘€œThe government does not take us seriously. How can they expect us to walk to George Mukhari hospital and back for an x-ray?’€ complained Msiza.

A community health worker with one of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) providing home based care in the area said that several of the patients they sent to Kgabo clinic just don’€™t receive care, because they are referred to other hospitals, but are either too sick, or don’€™t have the money to get there.

A clinic committee member, who didn’€™t want to be named, expressed his dissatisfaction with the Department of Health because various requests by the clinic, including for repairs to the X-ray machine, has not been addressed. ‘€œThey don’€™t take us seriously, but they want us to have meetings and submit reports,’€ he said.

Ironically an NGO near Kgabo Clinic, Hope for Life, offers X-ray services, but patients from the clinic is not being referred because there is no referral network between the two clinics. ‘€“ OurHealth/Health-e News

Mishack Mahlangu is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from the Tshwane health district in Gauteng.


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