POLOKWANE – Talks of changing the names of medical facilities in Limpopo have been confirmed by the MEC of Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, in a telephonic interview with Review.
She said the changing of the names became an issue when residents urged the department to change the names of the facilities to reflect their fallen heroes or the area where the facility is situated.
“I believe when employees work for a place with a name they can identify with, they will give more thought to the kind of service they give. For example, an HOD will not just sit with his hands folded when there is a need for new equipment in a hospital that carries a name like Nelson Mandela because it would tarnish the memory and all the said person stood for,” she told Review.
Ramathuba said the plans for the name changes will be outlined during Thursday’s budget speech.
She added it is believed the name changes will improve patient care as people working for the facilities will honour the men and women the place is named after.
A concerned resident sent Review the following open letter regarding the name changes:
“While we appreciate your work as MEC, you are currently out of touch.”
The same facilities you want to rename, are of low standard. Or are you trying to say those facilities and veterans are of poor quality?
How many hospitals have you built since you want to rename them? How many clinics did you build? Soon after renaming them you, like the rest of them, will be blaming apartheid for the facilities.
MEC, you should be ensuring your hospitals and clinics are competitive with private hospitals and clinics, not the nonsense you are doing. It’s absurd and a waste of money that you don’t even have as a department.
Please consider quality and hygiene first, before the renaming rubbish.
Nurses still do not have special masks for MTR or TB. Be real and make quality health care available in Limpopo.
The process of selecting the new names will begin shortly and she added residents who make use of the facilities will get the opportunity to help name them. She added the most popular names will then be selected through the department and the various hospital boards.
Review spoke to the Department of Health Spokesperson, Derick Kganyago, earlier this week about the new name boards which were erected at the Rethabile Clinic and the Pietersburg Provincial Hospital. He said these name boards had nothing to do with the renaming but was just new markings for the facilities.