Addington Hospital requires another R150 million in the immediate future to sort out its infrastructure problems. This is according to the Democratic Alliance’s KZN spokesperson on health, Dr Imran Keeka.
Keeka is in dispute with the estimated budget of R6.3 million by the KZN Department of Health to fix the damages caused by the severe October storm at Addington.
Speaking at a media briefing outside the hospital, Keeka shared his findings after he made an oversight visit to the hospital to evaluate damages.
He said that this was his first visit to the hospital after the storm that affected other health facilities in the province. A few months ago Keeka and his DA team were prevented from entering the hospital on an oversight visit.
Addington Hospital, as other hospitals, experienced severe damage to the roof, windows and other parts of the building. Keeka claimed that the hospital’s infrastructure, including plumbing, fire and other safety regulations did not meet the standard and it puts the lives of the patients at risk.
“These are not only issues in this hospital. Problems have been intensified, which means that roofs were already leaking in this facility, windows were already damaged and the infrastructure was already collapsing in this hospital. The storm only made it worse,” said Keeka.
“EThekwini has 109 clinics in the region, I have written to the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee asking him for a report on those clinics that were affected by the storm,” he said.
Keeka said that he understood that the storm was an act of God, however the department and the government of KZN has the responsibility to ensure that it is fixed to so that the people do not suffer.
“There is a delay and there is no plan that we have seen in terms of how this will be paid for although there has been an assessment,” he said.
Keeka’s said that he would send his evaluations to the portfolio committee for discussion and scrutinisation, as well as follow up with the MEC in a form of parliamentary questions to assess and to obtain timelines as to when the affected hospitals will be repaired.