Limpopo MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba says lack of effective leadership is core to challenges at the Kgapane hospital in Modjadjiskoof.

The MEC paid a surprise visit to the hospital on Wednesday after receiving numerous complaints of bad services from members of the public on her Facebook page.

Services are slow at the hospital and the staff shortage is dire. The MEC was inundated with complaints on her Facebook page.

“If you have not been paid a pms toyi-toyi to me write to say MEC you are not paying us, HoD where is our money let us not toyi-toyi on the patients let us not vent our anger on the poor patients. They have nothing to do with your problems it is me who you must vent anger on.”

Patients stand in long queues, often without being attended to. They hope the MEC’s visit will turn the situation around.

“Today the services were better the last time it was so slow I waited for 9 hours to get service,” said one patient.

“I have to sit in this long queues with the baby on back and the child is also sick please help us,” added another frustrated visitor.

Drastic measures will be taken.

“I think management intervention is key. We are going appoint a CEO, we have to also appoint the clinical manager and we also looking at appointing a nursing manager. In the meantime we are going to give them an interim leadership that we are going to give 100 days, we will be after a 100 days to see if the intervention has worked.”

Ramathuba is mum about the fate of the hospital’s incumbent leadership.