Doctor’s plea for donations to

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Doctor’s plea for donations towards hospital lands him in hot water

No good deed goes unpunished.

Doctor’s plea for donations to

Photo: Sowetan Live

Dr Lufuno Rambuwani’s plea for donations towards repairing the dilapidated condition of his hospital has landed him in a bit of a bother with Limpopo Department of Health.

The medical practitioner shined the spotlight on the plight of patients and staff in the WF Knobel Hospital in Ga-Mmabasotho village outside Polokwane – who endure harsh winter conditions due to broken windows in some wards – in a letter asking people to help buy heaters for the hospital.

“It is with great sadness and embarrassment having to write this letter to you. Our very sick patients, our relatives are admitted in the wards with broken windows,” the letter reads.

“In the name of Ubuntu, I humbly request your financial assistance in raising R15 000 so that we can buy 50 heaters to mount on the walls of our female and male paediatric ward.”

The letter, which contained the department’s letterhead, went viral on social media and, as Sowetan Live reports, the department distanced itself from it and the issues raised.

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According to provincial health spokesman Neil Shikwambana, the department is set to take disciplinary action against anyone involved.

“As a department, we condemn the unfortunate and regrettable action by the said senior doctor for requesting donations without following due process as outlined in the Treasury regulations on gifts, donations and sponsorships,” he is quoted by the publication.

This comes after a general crisis in public health facilities had been highlighted, with recent revelations that a startling number of clinics and hospitals are operating below the standards set by the National Department of Health.

The crisis was also placed into sharp focus with a health workers’ strike in the North West, which led to the province’s health department being placed under administration.

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