Statement from the North West Health Department

559692_507494989296756_32095179_nBy Tebogo Lekgethwane

Health Dept will today issue a statement to verify facts on Maternity Waiting Homes. Disturbed this morning by Motsweding FM story saying MEC Masike lied about the existence maternity waiting homes. I spoke with the journalist last week friday and indicated to her that she went to ear marked facilities that are still in the process and said she will go to the functional maternity waiting homes in Bojanala today, this monday. And those in Bojanala are in Koster and Swaartreggens. I apologised that she went to wrong facilities and agreed will follow up today. This was largely due to the district confusing earmarked and functional facilities and we clarified that. So its surprising that the story alleges that the MEC has lied without making any efforts to further verify the facts. The MEC said there are 10 maternity waiting homes in the Province but did not indicate where are they located only giving the numbers per district. Tebogo Lekgethwane is the spokesperson for the North West Health Department

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