The Eastern Cape Health Department has come under fire after pictures surfaced on social media of plates of poor-looking food from the Cala and Hewu hospitals. The Herald reports that first, a plate of dry, white rice along with small, broken pink sausages was photographed on hospital sheets at Cala Hospital. Then, a handful of green peas on a bed of rice was photographed at the Hewu Hospital in Whittlesea.
Eastern Cape Health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo apologised for the quality of the food, adding appropriate action would be taken. “The department has sent a team to the institutions to ascertain facts,” he said. “The department will take decisive action against those who might be implicated in this gross violation of departmental food policy.”
“Following the circulation of the images over the weekend, the department contacted all hospital CEOs in the province, demanding pictures of the food being served to our patients.”
He is quoted in the report as saying the department had a provincial food plan that ensured patients received the correct nutrients appropriate for their clinical condition. “We are enforcing daily exception reports from every health establishment to ensure that we pick up issues early and respond to avoid extreme embarrassment to the people of the province,” he said.The Herald report