Gauteng’s public healthcare facilities have been warned to shape up and implement eHealth systems to improve efficiency.

During a surprise visit to Sebokeng Regional Hospital in the Vaal on September 8th, Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, said the hospital was in need of an overhaul. “The hospital has very old infrastructure, staffing backlogs and the filing system needs to be upgraded. “

“Though the hospital has very serious challenges it is very encouraging to see that the staff here are committed to giving the community the best service possible. Shortening patient queues is very important and this hospital is doing very well in this regard,” said Premier Makhura.

During the unannounced visit Premier Makhura was accompanied by the Gauteng MEC for Health, Qedani Mahlangu, who said her department was currently working with the Departments of Infrastructure Development and Finance to investigate an alternative method of funding in order to build additional infrastructure.

“The modernisation of the filing system should be completed by the end of this financial year,” said MEC Mahlangu.

Meanwhile, the hospital’s CEO, Zolela Ncwabe, said the number of patients that they cater for is equal to the entire province of the Northern Cape. “With the resources we have, we try to go the extra mile but we’ve requested that the Health Department explore the use of the electronic filing system which would ease filing at the hospital and assist with staffing,” said Ncwabe.

The hospital services about 500,000 residents from Emfuleni, Sedibeng, Orange Farm, Heidelberg with patients coming as far as Sasolburg in the Free State.

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