Clinic still has no water or power

NURSES and patients at Mogapeng Clinic outside Tzaneen in Limpopo have endured life without water or electricity for nearly a year.

The clinic, which serves more than 2000 people, has been without water since September last year. The clinic shares a transformer that was installed to provide electricity to the villagers.

The power failure has made it impossible for the clinic to get water as the pump also depends on electricity.

The clinic has five sisters, one staff nurse, two nursing assistants and three general workers. They cannot work at night because they fear for their safety.

A nurse, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said patients were advised to bring their own drinking water.

She said they had reported the matter to the provincial department of health and social development when their problemsbegan in September last year.

Department spokesperson Cecil Motsepe said he was surprised to hear that a clinic was operating without electricity or water. He said officials would be sent to verify the allegations.