Seven years after being promised a 24-hour clinic, villagers at the North West pilot site for the government’s Comprehensive Rural Development Programme initiative are still waiting, reports SABC News.
Linchwe Clinic, the only health facility serving the Mokgalwana village near Rustenburg in the North West, is in a poor condition with little resources including medication and medical equipment. Shortages of professional healthcare practitioners are another major challenge, the report says. The furniture is old and dilapidated. Beds are broken and windows are patched with cardboard. There is no internet connectivity and no proper security compounds. And, the report says, with only four professional health care workers, it is virtually impossible to provide efficient services.
The report says the government, through the CRDP announced in 2009, plans to build a 24-hour clinic in Mokgalwana village. Seven years later, that promise has still not been kept.
North West Health Departmental spokesperson, Tebogo Lekgethwane says, “Looking at the priorities and the needs of different communities that we have, we can then say when you look at Mokgalwana village, also based on the submissions from the district, we will decide when to put it on the list.”SABC News report