02 July 2020


Military health services leave Mahikeng Provincial Hospital

by: Nthusang Lefafa   date: 03 August 2018

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) medical staff has left Mahikeng Provincial Hospital. The SANDF’s Military Health Service had been deployed at the hospital since April when a health workers strike almost collapsed all services in the provincial hospital. 

Chief of the SANDF, General Solly Shoke, announced earlier this week that the military was pulling out with immediate effect because restoring the province’s health services to some normality was "mission accomplished". 
Earlier this year, the Provincial Health Department was placed under Section 100 (1) (b) of the Constitution following a cabinet decision. Shortly after a visit by Health Minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, it was decided that the South African Military Health Services (SAMHS) be deployed due to a protracted strike within the department that had already negatively affected services.
General Shoke said the SAMHS was happy with the progress made at Mahikeng Provincial Hospital in the past three months.
“We are happy with the work that we have done there and the situation has returned to normal,” he said in a televised media briefing. 
Provincial Health department spokesperson, Tebogo Lekgethwane, expressed the department’s appreciation of the SANDF’s assistance during the time of need.
“We would like to thank the SAMHS for the good work they have done. After two days of their arrival they had already delivered 30 babies. The SANDF also assisted us to deliver chronic medication to patients across the province because health officials were unable to access the medical depot during the period of the strike. As a province we will forever be indebted the staff at the SAMHS,” he said. 
General Shoke however said the SANDF would continue assisting with providing water and sanitation services in the province, particularly in Ditsobotla Local Municipality.