I am a resident of Giyani in Limpopo. Last week Saturday, June 15, my relative was admitted at Nkhensani Hospital. He was in a lot of pain.
After he was admitted we were told that there were no tablets. We had to go and buy the tablets at a chemist.
Our health system is in shambles. How can a hospital operate without medicine? Where is the money intended to buy medicine?
There is crisis in the health department. But the former health minister denied there is a crisis in this department. If there is no crisis in public health, then the authorities should explain to the nation why there is a shortage of medicines in hospitals.
Poor people are on the receiving end as they cannot afford to buy their own medicines. In my view, Nkhensani is no longer a hospital, but a clinic.
Operations are no longer done at the hospital as they are referred to Letaba and Mankweng hospitals. Letaba is about 100km from Giyani while Mankweng is 140km away.