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Dilapidated health and police facilities in Joe Gqabi district exposed

Joe Gqabi district in the Eastern Cape is in serious turmoil.

While the legislature has found that infrastructure at most health facilities in the district is “dilapidated” to such an extent that it now poses a health hazard to both staff and patients.

It also raised concerns that some police stations in the area are without electricity and use candles at night, among a plethora of damning findings.

The MPLS this week left the comfort of their legislature chamber in Bhisho and instead sat at the Bensonvale College in Sterkspruit as part of their annual three-day initiative.

In preparation for this week’s house sitting, all legislature committees had previously visited the Joe Gqabi district, which encompasses rural local municipalities such as Elundini, Senqu and Walter Sisulu, to perform oversight on government facilities and projects, with their findings tabled this week.

The legislature’s health portfolio committee visited a number of facilities in the district before a report was compiled for the house sitting.

Presenting the findings, committee chair and ANC MPL Nozibele Nyalambisa on Tuesday painted a bleak picture of health facilities in the district.

Nyalambisa said most of the hospitals had no specialist nurses and the process of employing this category of officials took too long.

Nyalambisa said it was a deep concern for her committee that the staff shortages “cut across all categories” in most of the facilities, in the emergency medical services unit.

Common among them were challenges relating to dilapidated infrastructure, shortage of working space, holding cells, staff and vehicles, with some stations said to be without any ablution facilities.

Some officers even have to use candles and torches at night, while the Sterkspruit police station is not connected to the police emergency 10111 line.


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