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Hospital ‘not neglected’

The situation at the historical Voortrekker Hospital in Kroonstad is a huge concern for residents.

Kroon News reported last week that the hospital buildings have, since the end of last year, been vandalised and trashed in criminal activities.

But according the Department of Health that was in fact the reason why it vacated the Voortrekker Hospital in the first place.

Criminal activities were affecting the personnel of the department and forced them to leave the building in December.

Pending renovations were also con­firmed.

“Unfortunately we could no longer risk keeping our personnel and patients in an area where we could not guarantee their safety. Even though we had security, it was not adequate to match the threat posed by criminal elements,” said Mondi Mvambi, spokesperson of the Department of Health in the Free State.

The department says that its departure was therefore unplanned and executed in a hurry.

It claims that the personal files, medical consumables and equipment were safely locked away inside the building before staff left.

Apparently the department was in the process of removing the medical con­sumables and equipment from the premises, but the desperation of deter­mined criminals enabled them to break in and gain access to the resources that had been locked away.

According to the department some of the unused equipment was auctioned and some of it was taken to the Lesedi Community Health Centre, where the department had relocated the services to that were previously rendered at the Voortrekker Health Care Centre.

Medical equipment and consumables were send to the Dr. Che Guevara Clinic.

“We have not neglected the Voortrekker Health Centre. We are making way for renovations that will begin in April 2019,” said Mvambi.

“The department will speedily relocate all the department’s property to a safe location.”

  • tried to visit the Voor­trekker Hospital to investigate, but was denied entry to the premises.
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