In the early hours of Thursday morning three doctors were shot and injured by men who entered the doctors’ residence at the Letaba Hospital in Limpopo. This has impacted badly on the province, jeopardising 24-hour health care.
Speaking to Siki Mgabali on the Afternoon Drive, Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba said that it is not this particular hospital where there have been attacks. She mentioned that this started with serious attacks on the clinics.
The two doctors that were shot are currently in ICU receiving medical care in the same hospital they are working at. We have paid them a visit today and they are doing well, looking at their condition, it is quite satisfactory. The healthcare system in Limpopo is under attack and crime intelligence needs to be in place.— Limpopo Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba
We now have more than six hospitals where doctor's residents have been attacked at gunpoint, where they perpetrators would take away their cellphones and their electronics. Since these attacks started, we have called all the stakeholders at provincial level that are involved to try curb this serious matter.— Limpopo Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba
Ramathuba said the minister of health has put up the strategy where he is going to overall the entire security within the health system.
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