Premier gets daily complaints about Mpumalanga hospital mistreatments

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Premier gets daily complaints about Mpumalanga hospital mistreatments
WANTS COMPASSION: Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni wants those entrusted with healthcare in the public service to do their work with Batho Pele principles. PICTURE BY Zibonele Mncwango.

She revealed this while opening a new clinic in the Bushbuckridge area.


Premier Refilwe Mtshweni has called on all Mpumalanga nurses who sometimes tend to not care for patients to remember the oath they signed. 

She said her office receives a string of complaints from people about the treatment they get from some nurses in the province’s hospitals. 

She unveiled a newly-built clinic in the Bushbuckridge area last week Friday and said they called on all health professionals to adhere to the Batho Pele principle in everything they do.

The event was in the Goromane village and was attended by throngs of government officials and politicians, including health MEC Sasekani Manzini and mayors Jesta Sidel and Sylvia Nxumalo.

The public is encouraged to continue reporting “ill-treatments” to officials, the Premier said.

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“We know that the majority of our healthcare workers are people driven by compassion and love for their work. 

“We therefore call upon that tiny minority that has a tendency of not caring for our people to think of the oath that they took the day they became healthcare workers,” she said. 

Premier gets daily complaints about Mpumalanga hospital mistreatments
The Goromane clinic in Bushbuckridge has 7 consultation rooms and will operate 8 hours a day and 5 days a week. It also has a dispensary room and a pharmaceutical store room

“We encourage our people to report any act of ill-treatment that they may be subjected to when they visit this clinic or any other health facility,” Mtshweni said.

She said the people of Goromane previously had only a mobile clinic that operated for 2 days a week. The new clinic will do 5 days week and will employ 3 community service professional nurses as well as other professional nurses.

The Goromane clinic is also the result of the promise that the government made to the people to “access consistent, effective and dignified healthcare facilities”, said Mtshweni. 

Premier gets daily complaints about Mpumalanga hospital mistreatments

“We urge the healthcare professionals who are already appointed to serve at this institution as well as those that are yet to be appointed to conduct their work in line with the Batho Pele principles”.

The Mpumalanga government is also in the process of finalising the construction of 3 other clinics in Oakley, Vukuzakhe and Nhlazatshe, Mtshweni said, adding this is in addition to the work currently underway in Mapulaneng, Middelburg, Mmametlhake and Bethal where they are building new hospitals. 

“Your government has been very active in this region for the past ten years. We have invested more than a billion rand in social and economic infrastructure in this area, including bulk and internal water services, roads, state of the art early childhood centres and lately we have completed building an agri-hub. We will continue to build more infrastructure projects to unlock the economic potential of our people,” she said. 

(edited by MLM) 

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