Eastern Cape Health MEC Hon. Sindiswa Gomba together with the Provincial Public Works MEC Hon. Babalo Madikizela spent their Mandela Day resolving the Greenville Hospital debacle at Mbizana Local Municipality, Alfred Nzo.
The debacle had left 47 health workforce in limbo since 11 July 2019 after community members entered the hospital premises and chased away staff.
Commenting on the issue of staff the MEC said: “The staff must undergo counselling as they are traumatized and that will require the sourcing of unbudgeted funds.”
A series of disruptions at the hospital led to a shutdown of services on Thursday, 18 July 2019 resulting in the patients being transferred to a nearby hospital (St Patricks).
This after allegations of employment malpractices, nepotism, board members running the hospital willy-nilly over a period of 10 years and non-employment of local people even to lower levels ranging from level 2-5 emerged.
At a joint meeting held at the packed community hall together with the affected stakeholders the following resolutions were taken:
Community representatives to work with the Health MEC to find solutions to both alleged employment malpractices and non-employment of local people to lower levels,
On the issue of the board members the MEC committed to investigate the allegations leveled against them and she be given time to work with them as they may be instrumental in finalizing the investigations,
Addressing community members Health MEC Hon. Gomba vowed to work with all the affected stakeholders in bringing stability to the hospital.
In his message of support Public Works MEC Hon. Madikizela hailed the community for not destroying infrastructure when they were raising their concerns in the recent past.
He warned them that in the process of raising their rights they must be cautious of destroying families of those they have evicted at the hospital.
Madikizela urged young people to work hand in glove with government and further mentioned that government was aware of the high unemployment rate amongst youth and was doing everything in its power to alleviate the situation.
Chairperson of the unemployed youth Andile Qadi praised both MEC’s, Mayor of Mbizana Local Municipality and the Local Chief for making time to come to Tyeni village in order to resolve the impasse.
Qadi pledged to work tirelessly with both MECs to the troubled hospital in resolving future problems.
Health officials present included the District Manager, District Management, Provincial Directors, Hospital Management and Labour Union representatives.
Community members unanimously agreed to allow the staff of the hospital to return to work tomorrow (Friday, 19 July 2019) in order to render quality health care.
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