Ramokgopa: More medical practitioners needed in public health sector

Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa made unannounced visits to the two facilities, where she says she saw first-hand the need for increased human resource capacity.

FILE: Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa interacts with a patient during an unannounced visit to Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital. Picture: @GautengHealth/Twitter

KRUGERSDORP - Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa says there is an urgent need for more medical practitioners in the public health sector, and her department is working on identifying critical positions which need filling.

She says she is however happy with the improvement of services shown by some West Rand hospitals, including Leratong and Yusuf Dadoo.

She made unannounced visits to the two facilities on Sunday, where she says she saw first-hand the need for increased human resource capacity.

“It breaks every day. We’re forever fixing and waiting. Even now, the printer is not working.”

That was the chief radiographer at the Leratong Hospital, Yolande Fanana, who explained to Ramokgopha the urgent need for a CAT Scan at her institution.

Ramokgopa assured her that their concern would be dealt with.

“If there’s one promise I’m making it is that this year we’ll deliver a CT Scan.”

“I’ll hold you to it,” Fanana told the MEC.

The MEC also interacted with patients at the two hospitals, some of who told her that they did not understand why the turnaround time was so long.

Ramokgopa has assured them that her department is hard at work to deal with any backlogs and has a message for staffers who do not do their work.

“We’ll make sure that those that are negligent and disappoint us are disciplined.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)