Vhembe get state-of-the-art hospital

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After years of complaints by residents in Limpopo’s Vhembe district about the poor conditions at Siloam Hospital, the National Department of Health has stepped in to re-build the entire facility.

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The process of building a new state-of-the-art hospital at Siloam has already started. Siloam Hospital is a public hospital operated by the Limpopo Department of Health, situated outside of Nzhelele in the Vhembe district. It’s one of the oldest hospitals in the province, providing medical services to thousands of rural Vhembe villagers.

“I can proudly tell you that as we speak the contractors are already on site and they have already started with the process of rebuilding the hospital. The process will not affect the day to day running of the hospital, as we have made sure that all procedures to keep our patients healthy and safe have been followed,” said the spokesperson for the National Department of Health, Joe Maila.

“As this is one of the oldest hospitals in the province, most of the buildings are badly dilapidated, something the residents have been complaining about for quite some time now. More than R250 million is set to be used to complete the entire process.”

Over the past few years the hospital has been the target of numerous complaints by local community as they experienced poor service in bad conditions.

‘One of the best’

The hospital provides medical services to more than 20 rural villages within the Nzhelele area.

“Building the hospital is not like building a house, so we cannot be exact on when the process will be completed. But I can assure you that once the process is done, the hospital will be one of the best in the country,” said Maila.

Over the past few years the hospital has been the target of numerous complaints by local community as they experienced poor service in bad conditions.

Last year Health-e News reported how the disabled people in the area were fed up with the hospital after years of being unable to receive their orthopaedic shoes.

The spokesperson for the disabled people in Vhembe region, Ndishavhelafhi Mphaphuli said: “Let’s just hope that the new hospital which is being built will come up with quality service, as the service which we are getting now is very poor. I can tell you now that some of our people are still yet to receive their orthopaedic shoes after years of asking the Department of Health.”

However Joe Maila has appealed with the residents to be patient with the rebuilding process, saying that the contractors will do all they can to complete the process as soon as possible.