03 December 2018 - NW2903
Rawula, Mr T to ask the Minister of Health
(1)What number of (a) psychiatrists are employed at Mbizweni Psychiatric Hospital in Umzimkulu, KwaZulu-Natal and (b) patients are admitted at the hospital; (2) (a) are all sanitation facilities at the hospital fully functional and (b) on what date were the facilities last inspected?
1. (a) There is one sessional Psychiatrist covering two days a week starting on 01 November 2018. It has been very difficult to attract full-time specialists to this rural hospital;
(b) The Hospital is a 320-bedded facility and currently has 219 in-patients;
2. (a) Yes, sanitation facilities in the Hospital are fully functional. However, frequent interruption of water supply from the municipality is experienced for a day or two, twice a week;
(b) Inspection and testing of the water, both running and in reservoir tanks is done on a quarterly basis, the last one having been done in August 2018