The public health sector has been brought to the forefront, with answers being sought from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health regarding a broken endoscope/gastroscope machine at the Madadeni Hospital.
Reflecting on the matter, Edwin Baptie, Democratic Alliance’s (DA) KZN Spokesperson on Health said, the DA is currently calling on KZN Health MEC, Nomagugu Simelane, to urgently ensure that the broken endoscope/gastroscope machine at Newcastle’s Madadeni Hospital is repaired.
“This device is critical in the diagnosis and treatment of internal bleeding and conditions such as cancers of the stomach. Without it, there are serious implications that arise in both diagnosis and even in certain emergency treatments,” said Baptie.
He further stated that the current backlogs and the transporting of urgent cases to Greys Hospital in Pietermaritzburg are far from ideal as they pose an obvious risk to the health of those patients.
Furthermore, Baptie stated that with the high number of serious accidents taking place on the N3 corridor, the need for functional theatres in nearby hospitals was essential.
“The turnaround time for critical machine failures at government hospitals also has a profound influence on our health institution’s ability to deliver quality healthcare,” he said.
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