18 September 2018 Read: 100
Employees at the Letaba Hospital converged in the dining hall to launch the institution`s leg of the “Gingirikani” with the building oversight committee. The event had a dual purpose though, as it was also used to celebrate the new buildings which had been constructed, those still under construction and the future infrastructure promised to be in the pipeline. The aim of the “Gingirikani” project is to ensure that proper maintenance is done on the new infrastructure to prevent their deterioration into health hazards that could adversely affect the employees and patients at this facility.
Hospital CEO, Gabriel Mashile said that following complaints from the media, the public and the employees themselves about the poor conditions of hospital buildings, the provincial office launched a project to focus on hospital buildings to make sure that they reach specific requirements to create an able environment for employees to work in.
Addressing hospital staff at the packed to capacity auditorium, Mashile said that the project is aimed at ensuring that the buildings remain in good order for future generations. The project was launched provincially by MEC Phophi Ramathuba. He said each hospital is expected to have a programme of its own.
“The buildings in the institutions would make working conditions acceptable where there would be no incidents of doctors having to drop their sweat on the patients due to heat in hospital wards. The new oversight committee will play an oversight role and not act as the replacements for maintenance officers or supervisors of the technical support staff. It will operate within the constraints of available resources.”
“Gingirikane” means “engaged” in English and Mashile said all stakeholders would always be engaged to take care of the available resources the hospital has. Bottlenecks will be discussed and ways found to streamline the process.
Other speakers who graced the occasion were Lucy Masindi, representing the contractor, who said that this forms part of the hospital revitalisation and organisation programme aimed at improving service delivery. Others included nurse manager Muntshidisi Mashaphu, Psychologist Letlang Malumbete and social worker Refiloe Nkoana.
— Jan Mafetsa