By Nyeleti Ngobeni
The Department of Health in Limpopo has taken a resolution to capacitate its own facilities by revamping and expanding old facilities rather than constructing new field hospitals. The Department says that developing new infrastructure requires additional logistics and capital which is too costly for the rural province. Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba will officially open the newly refurbished wards and provide psychological support to the health care workers at Dr CN Phatudi Hospital (Mopani District) at 11h00 today, 31 July.
The psychological support interventions and assistance will help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 including helping those who are infected, frontline workers and those in isolation and quarantine. It will also be used as a vehicle to fight stigmatisation of those infected with the virus. The MEC is expected to provide psychological support to the healthcare workers, who are the last line of defence and address the adverse psychological effects, resultant burn out and the possible psychological stressors that health workers are faced with. In the past two weeks, MEC Ramathuba launched the Psychological support hub at Seshego Hospital under the theme: “Health Care Workers First, United we stand, together we conquer”.
“We have taken a decision as a Department that we need to capacitate our existing facilities rather than having field hospitals. We are a rural province and as such we can’t compare ourselves with other resourceful provinces. We are excited to see progress in expanding and capacitating our facilities that will be utilized even after COVID-19,” said Ramathuba.