TALKING TOUGH: Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, left, and MEC Norman Mabasa to take action against Mankweng chaos. Picture: MONTSHO MATLALA
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Tuesday said disciplinary action would be taken against senior officials for the poor conditions at the Limpopo’s flagship health institution, the Mankweng hospital outside Polokwane.
The hospital has attracted bad publicity for poor management, a high mortality rate, lack of management and insufficient essential equipment.
Addressing a media conference at the provincial department of health offices in Polokwane, the minister said the disciplinary actions were recommendations by a ministerial task team, which he appointed to find causes for the poor conditions at the hospital.
Some of the recommendations include the suspension of senior finance manager Vincent Khangala.
Acting CEO of the hospital Pule Monale has resigned from the public service when I demanded that he be put on precautionary suspension.
“He will still be subjected to a forensic investigation and the law will take its course accordingly,” Motsoaledi said.
Other officials who will also face the music include the head of maintenance at the hospital, Nakedi Mashao. Mashao had allegedly failed to repair a collapsing ceiling and general infrastructure at the hospital and will be investigated.
The minister also said the chief director of labour, Tshepo Maseleme, would also be hauled before the disciplinary committee for allegedly failing to probe a sexual harassment complaint made by a member of staff.
Motsoaledi appointed the seven member task team to carry out investigations at the 500 bed hospital.
This when reports of high mortality, a lack of food for patients, irregularities in the procurement sections, and other issues, came into the public domain recently.
He said: “The report of the task team also pointed weakness in the department of health in Limpopo.
“I together with the premier and MEC for health will look closely into the issue and prescribe what needs to be done.”
He also announced that the Minister in the Presidency and a joint team of the National Health Department would visit the province at a date to be announced to evaluate work at all the hospitals.
Motsoaledi praised the newly appointed acting CEO of the Mankweng Hospital, Tiny Mongwe.
He said Nongwe had made all the necessary improvements at the institution.
“She was appointed last month but already we are seeing her impact,” said the minister.