MF councillor pleased with security measures at local hospital

Former MF councillor, Prakash Dasarath and Cllr Jonathan Annipen outside the hospital.

MF Cllr Jonathan Annipen visited the RK Khan Hospital in Chatsworth, recently. In discussions with senior members of the hospital’s management team, it was learnt that the hospital is running smoothly, although it experiences some challenges.

Speaking about the interactive meeting, Cllr Annipen said, “The hospital has a bed count of 543 and often reaches its maximum capacity because it services a wide community as well as offers facilities such as orthopaedics, surgery and paediatrics. Budgetary constraints within the Department of Health are a national phenomenon, which is obviously above the control of the hospital board and its management.”

Cllr Annipen added that he was pleased when he arrived at the hospital to find strict access control and security measures in place.

“I was intrigued to find out that the hospital sees some 1200 odd patients daily and MOPD staff generally work beyond working time without pay to ensure that patients receive necessity treatment without delays and are managed timeously. The community must be aware of national practices, such as referral patterns and first visit their local clinics which will then refer the necessary cases to the hospital,” he explained.

RK Khan Hospital also has a Gateway Clinic that functions daily between 8am and 4pm to assist with the patient control. “Overall, I am very content with the functioning of the hospital and encourage the community to make use of complaint mechanisms which are at place at the hospital to address uncertainties which they may have, and I am confident that these will be addressed with the attention it deserves,” he concluded.


Yoshini Perumal

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