SANDF restore health services in Mahikeng

AB Samuel Ramonyai

The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) deployed 106 military health practitioners in an effort to restore health services in Mahikeng Provincial Hospital, as health services were close to collapsing amid ongoing violent protests by residents.

The protests also resulted in major disruptions of the supply of medicine to the clinics and hospitals across the North West Province since the pharmaceutical depot in Mahikeng was closed as part of the protests. The hospital was depleted and there were no medical apparatus. The deployment of military health practitioners was to alleviate the plight of affected citizens of the province who are currently bearing the brunt of the labor action.

Maj (Dr) Bhekisizwe Mtshadi, Emergency Medicine Practitioner from 1 Military Hospital said since the depot has been taken over by 10 South African Infantry (SAI) Battalion and military health practitioners, the chronic medication and other medical supplies started moving, patients admitted, assisted and discharged. Maj Mtshadi said since their arrival in Mahikeng a lot has been done.

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