A PENSIONER ccollapsed and died while queuing for medicine at a clinic in Namakgale, Phalaborwa, this week. The incident has again brought the chaotic operations of the clinic under the spotlight.
An eye-witness who did not want to mentioned said: “I was on my way to the clinic when I saw those black curtains hanging in the clinic. I then realised that these were the curtains used at the hospital when a person has just passed away and I then saw a corpse.
“I then overheard two elderly women saying an old man who used to entertain people with jokes has just collapsed and passed away while on que to collect his sugar diabetes medicine,”
Some residents spoken to said pensioners start to que as early as 2am for a clinic to open at 7am. However, sometimes they start being attended to at 1pm before the clinic closes at 4pm.
Another resident said Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba was informed about the problems at the clinic during the Premier Imbizo held at Makhushane village on December 11 last year.
But Ramathuba told the residents at the same Imbizo that nurses have complained that residents do not protect them against criminals, hence they were scared to do night shifts.