Amaoti Clinic leaves communities with substandard healthcare

Democratic Alliance media statement by Marcelle David, Cllr

DA eThekwini Councillor

 

Amaoti Clinic leaves communities with substandard healthcare

 

Democratic Alliance MP Timothy Brauteseth joined me in conducting an oversight inspection of the Amaoti Clinic in Inanda this week, where we found, among other things, patients waiting for 8-9 hours for medical attention, as the current staff complement is placed under undue strain and unpaid overtime.

See photos here, here and here.

It is a serious indictment of the KZN Provincial Healthcare Department to not be able to provide quality healthcare services to the residents of Inanda and the surrounds. The shortage of staff and medicines are the most exigent of needs at Amaoti Clinic.

The clinic services between 150 to 200 patients a day. There are 14 clinic mass practitioners, 8 outreach nurses and 2 clerks. 2 nurses are on study leave and 2 are away on training, while the matron has been on sick leave since March 2018. Chronic care requires the most management but only has one nurse to manage the facility.

Such increased demands are one of the reasons for the resignation of nurses at public healthcare centres. While student nurses are deployed to assist, the stipulated numbers do not materialise leaving the staff frustrated and overworked without additional compensation. What the clinic urgently needs are 2 more nurses in the chronic department, 2 more clerks and 2 more cleaning staff to get Amaoti Clinic to function at an optimum and hygienic level.

The other critical need is the delivery and availability of medication on time from Inanda C clinic who supply Amaoti with medication.

The shortage of BCG ( Bacillus Calmette Guerin), an essential life-saving immunisation drug that is given to new-born babies, is in demand but there is no supply of BGCs at Amaoti Clinic.

This critical medicine has not been in supply for over three months to Amaoti Clinic and mothers are referred to Ghandi Hospital for treatment of their newborns. Other medication can take 2-3 weeks from the request date. This leads to disgruntled and frustrated patients who sometimes get upset with the staff but the real problem is a dysfunctional and mismanaged health care system run to ground by a corrupt and unsympathetic government.

Gloves, cleaning solvents, pressure gauging equipment, sputum bottles are some of the essential medical supplies that are urgently needed at the clinic.

The clinic was built 20 years ago and could do with an upgrade of toilet facilities, replacing of old leaking pipes, replacing of entrance floodlights and surround clinic lighting for safer security management, as well as a better air circulating system but these seem like a pipe dream – as even the most basic of needs for the clinic go unmet.

The Democratic Alliance will continue to work in the best interest of all South Africans especially the poorest of the poor and hold those who are responsible for this corrupt and dysfunctional governance and poor service delivery to account.

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