Philadelphia Hospital is still short of life saving medicine and equipment.

The DA has written to Limpopo Health MEC, Phophi Ramathuba, for an urgent meeting on the constant serious challenges facing Philadelphia Hospital.

The hospital currently does not have long-acting muscle relaxant nor anaesthetic drugs used in theatre. It does not have Ephedrine and Dopamine which is used when blood pressure is low in the ICU.

These are very important drugs which may result in the death of patients if not readily available for use.

The department and hospital management have also failed to repair or replace important equipment such as the blood gas machine and the anaesthetic machine.

The DA wrote to Ramathuba one month ago and raised challenges on the failure to maintain and repair the anaesthetic machine and the blood gas machine in the ICU and casualty ward, but there has been no effort to address this issue.

The DA was recently informed of the appointment of a new CEO and Senior Clinical Manager, but this seems to have had no improvements in the hospital’s longstanding challenges.

It is clear that there is a need for urgent intervention at the hospital to address these pressing challenges before lives are needlessly lost.

The DA is committed to ensuring that residents of Limpopo receive adequate healthcare services and we will continue to monitor the situation at Philadelphia Hospital.

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