National 13.9.2016 03:12 pm

DA calls for tighter security at Nelson Mandela Bay clinics

FILE PICTURE: A DA flag flies from one of the cars in Tlokwe. Picture: Gallo Image s/ Foto24 / Nelius Rademan

FILE PICTURE: A DA flag flies from one of the cars in Tlokwe. Picture: Gallo Image s/ Foto24 / Nelius Rademan

Geyser repairs and alarm systems are among the security measures the party is calling for.

The DA is calling on the Eastern Cape provincial government to take urgent measures to secure all clinics in Nelson Mandela Bay following yet another break-in at New Brighton Clinic over the weekend.

The New Brighton Clinic has been closed for a week now after it was broken into last week when suspects stole 70 metres of copper piping, which resulted in flooding of the facility.

DA spokesperson for health Celeste Barker said the department should prioritise geyser repairs and also put an alarm system into the roof, where the suspects appeared to have gained access to the building.

“The DA calls on the provincial department of health to prioritise roof and geyser repairs and to put an alarm into the roof. It will cost less than the repetitive repairs and will enable reliable healthcare,” she said.

Barker added the clinic would be closed for at least another week while repairs were being carried out.

“I have tabled legislature questions to MEC for Health Dr Pumza Dyantyi about these incidents and about a woefully inadequate budget that allocates R377 000 to the maintenance of 51 facilities in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to service 1.2 million people. This equates to an amount of R7.300 per clinic per annum and is clearly too little to maintain buildings or to provide safe spaces for those long-suffering patients who queue from 4am in the morning, or to the staff who risk life and limb for the department of health,” said Barker.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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