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The Dr George Mukhari hospital in Ga-Rankuwa is currently in terrible condition. Stary monkeys run around between different hospital segments, stealing food out of patient’s hands. Medical waste that has been tossed into open gutters gets eaten by wild animals. Bathtubs, showers and toilets are sporadically coated with blood, and patients walk around half naked, trying to walk the long distance to the next segment of the hospital where they are needed. One newspaper (the “Rekord” ) even reported on Dr George Mukhari as the “Hospital of Horrors”.
SIFE-UP planned to assist the PDD clinic in the hospital by providing a computer and database system to improve the running of the clinic. Hopefully, this would allow them to see more patients per day, and keep better track of the patients they already had.
Three computers were bought from LC Store at the LC de Villiers Stadium of the University of Pretoria. These computers were bought second hand at R800 each.
We also planned to provide the clinic with internet access in the form of mobile 3g Modems (3g cards that can be connected to computers via US.
The total time required for purchasing and setting up all three computers and 3g Modems was 8 hours. +
I knew in advance that there would be tight rules and regulations regarding bringing new hardware into the hospitals. However, these legislations turned out to be even stricter than expected. This combined with the Hospitals infamous levels of bureaucracy, lead to us having to withdraw the computers and plans for the hospitals. The required forms were filled in and correct procedures were followed, but no feedback has been given by the hospital in months.
The computers were recalled and are now going to be used in other SIFE-UP projects, where we will be certain not to repeat the same mistakes with such expensive donations.
Instead of giving up, I turned my focus to the other prong of the project: revolving around the Preschools in the area of Mamelodi.
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