- The South African Human Rights Commission paid a visit to Messina Hospital recently
- What they found during the visit to the Limpopo hospital were shocking conditions and a high vacancy rate
- The images had social media up in arms, with questions raised over whether it was a lack of funding or mismanagement that had led to the situation
SAHR Commission Chair Bongani Majola led a visit to Limpopo's Messina Hospital to inspect health facilities.
The Commission revealed that there is currently a 54% vacancy rate at the public hospital, hinting that the facility has less than half the staff needed to function.
During the visit, toilets were found in a 'bad state', with frozen food in the freezer that was meant to feed those who were in the hospital's care.
South Africans took to social media to condemn the grim conditions facing those who were forced to make use of the hospital
@OneNation70290 asked - Question: Will the manager of the hospital face disciplinary action and get fired? Will his or her superiors face disciplinary action? Will there be consequences?
To which @Unathi_Kwaza responded - No. He or she's probably a cadre deployed of the ANC.
@DMbangy said this had been something residents of Messina had been waiting on:
Long awaited move, I stay in Messina. 1. The casualty section is very bad in service, with nurses always eating & gossiping while patients are left unattended. 2. The casualty section has nurses harassing patients, especially foreign nationals and young girls.
@ModimaMaphuti claimed that lack of leadership had led to the dire situation:
Lack of leadership from provincial office and lack of political will to address the dire situation. Its worse than hell. People in jail enjoy more than vulnerable patients nowadays.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!