Patients at the KwaMhlanga hospital in Mpumalanga have to travel 60km away to get x-rays done. According to patients, the x-ray machine has not been working for over a month.
Thabo Msiza said he took his father to KwaMhlanga hospital twice in April, and the machine was not working.
“My father was always ferried to Mmametlhake Hospital for him to access his scans. That was an inconvenience because he was unable to travel a long distance,” said Msiza.
Amos Sibanyoni said his sister experienced the same issue after being involved in an accident last month.
Department denies machine is not operational
The hospital arranged for several patients, including his sister, to be taken to Mmametlhake Hospital.
“I asked what was wrong with the machine, and I was not given a straight answer. Even the radiographer at the hospital was nowhere to be found,” said Sibanyoni.
The provincial health department denied that the x-ray machine was not working.
“I have checked with the hospital. There is no such thing as the x-ray machine not being functional. The machine is properly working,” said spokesperson Chris Nobela.
The Democratic Alliance spokesperson, Jane Sithole, said they visited the hospital and found the x-ray machine was still not working.
“The department is not telling the truth. The x-ray machine has not been operating for a few months,” said Sithole. – Health-e News