Following Premier David Makhura’s State of the Province Address (SOPA) last week, Gauteng MEC for Health Dr Gwen Ramokgopa yesterday visited the community of Alexandra to address health issues affecting them and to outline plans by the Gauteng Provincial Government. .
The MEC’s first stop was at Alexandra Hospice and Rehabilitation Centre, a referral care facility that currently looks after a total of 24 patients with varying conditions such as cancer, hypertension, diabetes and stroke victims.
In addition to assessing the condition of the premises and interacting with the staff and patients, MEC Ramokgopa also insisted on getting suggestions/ inputs from both members of the communities and the facility employees.
Lengthy waiting periods as a result of staff capacity topped the list of patients concerned presented before the MEC as she interacted with them in the waiting area at Alexandra Community Healthcare Centre’s Mother and Child Unit.
From Alexandra Community Healthcare Centre’s Mother and Child Unit, MEC Ramokgopa visited the Ekukhanyisweni Primary School where she joined the Department’s officials in immunising a total of 64 grade 4 pupils (aged 9 years and older) for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
Ahead of her concluding meeting with the community, the MEC also visited Edenvale Hospital for further engagement with health personnel and stakeholders.
In her opening address at the public participation meeting, MEC Ramokgopa said;” I’ve been deployed here in Alexandra by the Executive Council of the Province to come and convey the message that was delivered by the Premier of the Gauteng Province, Mr David Makhura and to ensure that you truly understand and know the work and services offered by your government.
“’We are your servants and we are here to talk to you about government work, hence we have representatives and managers from various Departments in the province. You are most welcome to ask questions and relevant managers will respond appropriately.”
The MEC further added that an extended purpose for the gathering was to come and listen to challenges that they (community members) confront in their daily lives and ensure that the Department works hard to resolve them.
“We strive to be a government that listens to its people to avoid mishaps like the Life Esidimeni that exposed deep institutional problems within our public health system and public service in general. It cannot be business as usual,” stated the MEC
The meeting served as a platform for ordinary members of the Alexandra community to interact with MEC Ramokgopa and her panel of experts on issues ranging from, health, housing, unemployment, crime amongst others.