Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, declared that Malamulele Hospital in Thulamela, Limpopo, should be a “facility of choice, where quality healthcare services should be the order of the day.”

Muthambi visited the hospital on July 20th as part of the national Imbizo Focus Week in response to challenges raised by hospital staff.

“As Government, we want Malamulele to be the hospital of choice, where South Africans should be able to receive quality healthcare services all the time. We expect the service delivery procedure of this facility to be driven by improving staff attitudes, staff training and development, communication and teamwork,” said Muthambi.

Muthambi was responding to hospital staff concerns about the lack of resources and shortage of staff personnel, including doctors. Nurses also told Muthambi that the water taps at the hospital were constantly dry.

“We are glad that you brought this to our attention. We don’t want this hospital to be seen as a facility which depresses our people. The mandate of the current administration is to implement the Government’s programme of action and to accelerate services to the masses. I will immediately instruct the leadership of the Vhembe District municipality to ensure that there is running water all the time at the hospital,” said Muthambi.

Hospital CEO, Valerie Risenga, attributed some of the challenges faced by the hospital to the period when the provincial Health Department was placed under administration in 2011. “Irrespective of our difficult working conditions, we are trying our best as a hospital to render quality healthcare to the people,” said Risenga.

Muthambi also announced that her department will adopt the hospital. The day before the department also adopted Evuxakeni Hospital in Giyani, which caters for patients with mental disabilities.

Imbizo Focus Week was launched by the Government from 14 – 20 July 2014. Imbizo is one of the Government communication platforms that aims to increase citizen involvement in all aspects of public life.

“We want to find ways of holding public representatives accountable for failing to deliver services to the masses, but also to demonstrate that this administration is more about implementation of Government’s programme of action. The National Development Plan (NDP) is urging all South Africans to be part of the process of moving our country forward, so Government wants to move along with people in building a better South Africa for all,” concluded Muthambi.

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