19 September 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Health Department to recover money from Mediosa

by: Ngwako Motsieng   date: 17 July 2018

North West Health MEC, Dr Magome Masike, says the Department of Health is working towards recovering money paid to Mediosa for mobile clinics.

Mediosa recently sent out tow trucks to collect the mobile health units stationed at Madibogo in the Ratlou Sub District and in Kagisano-Molopo.

"First, the company sent us an invoice of R24 million out of the R30 million prepayment. We need to satisfy ourselves that the R24 million work has been done by going through the report which goes up to end of January 2018.
 
“Then we still need a report for February 2018 which covers the work done for the outstanding R6 million. Until we satisfy ourselves with the work done, we are not settling with Mediosa," said MEC Masike.

Addressing the media in Rustenburg recently, Masike said the department had refused to release the mobile clinics to Mediosa.

“My concern was the number of people that Mediosa was claiming to have seen. It cannot be that in a village of 2 000 people you claim to have seen 16 000 patients. We have issues with that,” he said.

“We have to iron out this so that we subtract them from the R30 million that they were paid in advance for doing nothing. That is the point of controversy and we think we are on the right track, we want to recover the money of taxpayers and we are going to do it," said Masike. 

The department has cancelled the Mediosa contract.

Head of Department, Dr Thabo Lekalakala, was placed on suspension for his role in approving the Mediosa contract.

“Allegations have already been made… they are going to be served to Dr Lekalakala and a disciplinary process can then begin. Issues raised by the labour union, Nehawu, as demands and areas of concerns are being attended to by the intervention team assisted by the management team of the department, including the Performance Management Development System (PMDS),” said Masike.