Selebi Phikwe Hospital currently operates full dental services in just one of its two dental surgeries, Assistant Minister of Minister of Health, Dr Alfred Madigele has told Parliament.
The other surgery at the hospital, Dr Madigele said offers consultation and simple dental extraction only because dental chairs were out of order.
“The dental chair in one of the surgeries in the hospital is new and was installed last month.
Another new chair has been procured and shall be installed and be fully functional before the end of August 2015,” he said.
Further, he said the surgery at Tapologo Clinic, also performs consultation and simple dental extraction only also because of malfunctioning dental chair.
“The dental chair at Tapologo Clinic needs some critical spare parts and they are expected to arrive in November 2015,” Dr Madigele said.
Dr Madigele further said there was an autoclave in the hospital.
He said dental x-ray units in two facilities had been out of order and a new unit was being procured for the hospital.
He also said there was no prosthodontics laboratory in Selebi Phikwe and the surgeries were being served by outreach from Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital.
Selebi Phikwe West MP, Mr Dithapelo Keorapetse had asked the minister to state how many of the dental services were provided at the three Selebi Phikwe dental surgeries.
The MP further wanted the minister to update Parliament on the state of the three dental surgeries in Selebi Phikwe in respect of dental chairs, autoclaves, dental x-ray, prosthodontics, laboratory, dental materials, orthodontic specialist and procurement processes.
Source : BOPA