The northwestern farming community of Skuilsdrift, near Groot Marico, says it lacks access to proper health services. Residents say their call for the Department of Health to intervene has fallen on deaf ears. They say they are taken care of in public, with no privacy.
Health workers, who run a mobile clinic, say a resident has offered them a room to see patients, but residents say it’s insufficient.
“Patients could collapse because we have to stand even when we are so sick. There are no chairs. There is no shade for the sun or even to hide when it rains. There are not even toilets”, explains a patient.
“There is no privacy. Everyone can hear you during the consultation,” added another patient.
“The mobile clinic comes twice a month and the problem we have is that we have to travel 20 to 30 kilometers to reach the mobile,” explains another patient.
In the meantime, the provincial Department of Health has recognized the challenges and pledged to intervene.
“The department has taken note of the complaints from the Skuilsdrift community in Groot Marico and the district management team has been tasked to make an assessment and provide solutions,” says department spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane.