The Democratic Alliance in the North West has written to the MEC for Health, Dr. Magome Masike, requesting him to make provision to ensure that electricity is not disconnected at Karlienpark Clinic. See content of the email here.

Community members of Karlienpark requested the DA to intervene after it was revealed that Rustenburg Local Municipality was planning to disconnect the electricity supply to the clinic due to non-payment by the Health Department.

The DA approached the Municipal Manager, Nqobile Sithole, urging her not to cut off the electricity as some of the medication that needs to be stored in a cool place would be compromised.

The clinic’s electricity bill has amounted to arrears of R37 111.56, with the current total being R42 842.74.

It seems that the situation of non-payment and disconnection of electricity has become an annual occasion for Karlienpark Clinic as this also took place in 2016 and 2017.

Last year the clinic was forced to operate for weeks without electricity, staff members could not perform their duties properly and medication that needed to be stored at cool temperatures was compromised.

During our oversight inspection, the staff members told the DA that patient medication, including critical ARV medication, was also running low.

The clinic tried to request medical supplies and medication from neighboring districts and sub-districts but could not get any assistance.

The DA will request the MEC to quickly intervene and make provision to pay the electricity bill before the situation affects sick patients negatively. We will also ask the MEC to address delivery of medication to the health facility.

It is unfortunate that the ANC government is not determined to resolve the crisis that has resulted in the total collapse of the Health Department but they are more concerned with shifting blame.

The people of North West need Total Change through a government that will work to ensure access to proper healthcare.

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