PRETORIA - Pretoria residents on Wednesday had the opportunity to interact with newly-elected Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa, just a day after he took over the reins.
Mokgalapa visited the Phahameng Clinic in Mamelodi, before heading to interact with constituencies, including vendors in Marabastad.
"I came here to do oversight, to see the upgrading of the new facility [at the clinic]. This new state-of-the-art facility is a pharmacy. It also has consulting rooms. It will really assist in the capacity of the main facility," Mokgalapa spoke to journalists during the Mamelodi visit.
"Secondly, we are trying to capacitate this facility in terms of staff. They have told me that the ratio is one [healthcare practitioner] to 35 patients, which is very quite very high and unacceptable. Already the process of recruiting the new nurses is underway and we hope to finalise it by the end of this month."
Mokgalapa paid tribute to the healthcare workers who spend long hours assisting the many patients who form long queues inside the facility on most days.