The Gauteng government has unveiled a new maintenance strategy for health facilities in the province.
This was revealed by MEC for Infrastructure Development, Jacob Mamabolo, together with MEC for Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, after a meeting with 33 CEOs of hospitals in the province at Helen Joseph Hospital, in Johannesburg.
MEC Mamabolo said that the department has a new maintenance approach called the Conditional Assessment approach, which has assessed the conditions of the 33 hospitals in the province and will help in proactive maintenance of facilities.
"We are striking a balance between delivery new infrastructure and maintaining existing infrastructure. This new approach seeks to optimise the available resources we have," said MEC Mamabolo.
The Conditional Assessment approach comes with a statistical approach of rating each facility from a scale of 1-5, 1 meaning that a facility is poorly maintained, whereas 5 means that a facility is at its best condition and properly maintained.
MEC Mamabolo said that in the province no hospital facility has a rating of 1, but all 33, range between rating 2 and 3 and require major interventions.
"We are making a commitment to improve the ratings from the current average of 3 to 4 in the medium term and to then move them to rating 5 in the long term, which is the best rating for a health facility," added MEC Mamabolo.
This new maintenance approach includes new engineering methods which will also increase the life expectancy of health facilities. It will also help the province create more job opportunities and make an impact on Small, Medium & Micro Enterprise Businesses (SMMEs).
In addition, MEC Ramokgopa said that the new maintenance plan very critical milestone for the province, as it creates a dispensation where CEOs of facilities will be in charge of the maintenance resources and will in direct contact technical professionals who maintain facilities.
"This is line with the delegation frame work, which will allow the CEOs to act, direct and ensure accountability. It will also help us to agree with the technical teams of GDID in regards to prioritisation of health facilities that need more attention," said MEC Ramokgopa.
Using this new approach, the department will focus on prioritising maintenance on certain sections of hospital facilities including Gynaecology, Paediatric, Emergency facilities, Obstetrician and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).