According to officials, the Klerksdorp/ Tshepong Hospital complex has a bed occupancy rate of about 96 percent – an occupancy far above the district average of 75 percent.
Factors like these and a growing population served by the hospital all put pressure on beds that should be reserved for seriously ill patients.
Opening the ward, the North West MEC for Health Dr. Magome Masike said the new ward will provide a place for patients who are no longer seriously ill but also not quite ready to go home. This may include patients who have become permanently disabled following an illness and may need occupational therapy.
Godfrey Mnisi is one of the ward’s first new patients after he was admitted in critical condition after drinking poison. Now in stable condition, Mnisi praised hospital staff.
“The hospital staff has done a great done helping me,” he told OurHealth. “My situation has improved a lot since the first day I got here.”
Masike added that it was important that family members take an active role in helping patients recover by ensuring they understood what was required of both them and patients following patients’ discharge.