Matlala Hospital at Tsimanyane village outside Marble Hall in the Sekhukhune district is allegedly infested with cockroaches making life unbearable for patients and visitors.
This was told to The New Age by people who visited the institution recently. One of them, who prefers to remain anonymous, said he was horrified to see a swarm of cockroaches crawling around while visiting his sister who was admitted to the hospital.
"I asked some nurses about the insects and they told me that what I was seeing was just the tip of the iceberg," the man said.
"They say during the night, the whole swarm of big and small cockroaches come out and storm food and drinks."
Another source said she feared outbreaks of infectious diseases at the hospital. She said a relative who was admitted into the ward refused to eat bread and fruit she brought the previous day because cockroaches were all over the food.
"My cousin opened the drawer at her bedside where the food was stored and what I saw there made me sick in the stomach; cockroaches flicking their antennas," she said.
"We appeal to authorities to help stamp out the infestation as it undermines the purpose of this public health facility."
Phuti Seloba, spokesperson for the provincial department of health and social development, said the cockroach infestation was not widespread in the Sekhukhune area.
"We never ran out of our pest control measures and the issue has nothing to do with our department now being under central government administration.
"There might be some form of problem at Matlala Hospital and we will go and check.
"On Monday, I accompanied our MEC Dr Norman Mabasa to the St Ritas Hospital in the same district and nobody complained about cockroaches."
In another development, Seloba said Mabasa, being a medical doctor, was determined to address the shortage of medicines and the plight of health professionals as well as other health workers.
"The MEC is undertaking unannounced visits to hospitals and one of the things he does is to meet workers. "He gets very concerned when overtime and bonuses due to workers are not paid."