A patient in the Helen Joseph hospital in Johannesburg, Anna-Marie Buys who is in her late seventies and suffers from lung and brain cancer, sustained serious neck injuries on Saturday around 01: 45 when a black female patient climbed on top of her and started to saw her neck with a plastic knife.
The incident was also witnessed by another fellow patient. Anna-Marie is also paralyzed in the left side of her body due to a stroke she suffered. Anna-Marie’s husband went to visit her in the hospital on Saturday and saw a piece of gauze on her neck. The gauze later came off and then her husband saw the deep wounds. He immediately called his daughter Debbie and her husband to come to the hospital.
The hospital told them that Anna-Marie was injured when a fellow patient wanted to pray for her. However another patient said that she saw how a fellow patient went to sit on top of Anna-Marie, held her mouth closed with her hand and started to cut her neck with a plastic kn Continue reading…
NEHAWU members thrashed the Maternity Wards and kitchen of Pietersburg Hospital while they were illegally picketing at the hospital.
Nurses who were assisting women to give birth had to run for cover fearing the picketers who were on a destructive mode. Patient food for tonight scattered all over the place. They are demanding that the department top up the R43 million that it has payed workers as performance bonuses.
Why must patients suffer?
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Gauteng Department of Health reported nearly 2,036 canceled operations in Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in 2018. A total of 1,979 surgeries were postponed at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital last year.
According to Gauteng Health MEC spokesperson Kwara Kekana, operations are canceled or delayed due to various reasons such as an overcrowded high-care unit, patient problems, inadequate infrastructure or a shortage of basic medical supplies. However, they now want to take strict measures to prevent the cancellation of non-emergency operations at the Charlotte Maxeke and Chris Hani Baragwanath hospitals in Johannesburg.
The Department of Health wants to implement systems to improve the outcome of patients’ health and in-hospital experiences. “We intend to implement electronic communication systems for scheduling, reminding and canceling hospital operations to prevent these problems from arising again. We also want to carefully evaluate patients at important clinics befo Continue reading…
A 19-year-old woman who delivered a “decapitated” baby is planning to sue the Gauteng health department.
According to eNCA, the woman had suffered with abdominal pain for a few weeks before she went into labour. The woman, who has not been named, spoke to eNCA.
She then went to a general practitioner, who found that something was wrong with the baby and suggested she go to hospital for further assessment.
The pain persisted, so she went to Tambo Memorial hospital in Boksburg, where a scan was done, eNCA said.
The hospital confirmed the baby was abnormal, but said a heartbeat could be heard.
“Three days later, she went into labour. She was pushing, but the baby was not coming out. A doctor came and used forceps to take the baby out,” eNCA reported. “That’s when she said she saw the head of her baby without their rest of the body.”
According to eNCA, the woman spent 24 hours with the rest of her baby’s body inside her.
South Africans are treated like animals at Tlhabane Community Health Center (CHC) in Rustenburg. This facility was officially opened by Health MEC, Dr. Magome Masike on in 2014, to address the main challenge of access to health care.
The disgusting and dangerous conditions in state run hospitals show a wilful negligence by the Department of Health, managed by the ANC.
It is well known that the Department of Health has been mismanaging state hospitals – South Africans are regularly mis-diagnosed, ignored, left for days without treatment, and receive horrific care. The results sometimes are catastrophic.
The ANC’s neglect of our hospitals is tantamount to criminal behaviour – who would have expected our own black government to be the ‘reincarnation’ of the oppressive apartheid regime? This is far worse however, since vulnerable South Africans are neglected at the moment when they are most helpless .
A Pietermaritzburg woman’s impassioned plea for nurses at two city hospitals to help her very ill infant fell on deaf ears and hours later the five-month-old baby died.
After his mother was turned away from two state hospitals — Grey’s and Northdale — baby Brody Lee Bezuidenhout could not hold on any longer and died.
The grieving family told The Witness on Monday that had he been attended to urgently they believe Brody Lee would still be alive today.
The five-month-old baby died at Edendale Hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning after his family were allegedly earlier turned away by nurses at Grey’s and Northdale Hospitals.
A series of tests later revealed that baby Brody Lee had contracted bacterial meningitis. His bereaved aunt, Janine Kemp, said the infant woke up crying on Saturday night. The mother noticed that the baby was running a very high fever and could not calm down.
Verstopte dreine, lekkende dakke, stukkende lugversorging en te min matrasse – Dis maar van die uitdagings by die Bophelong psigiatriese hospitaal naby Mahikeng wat in 2016 oopgemaak het en waaraan sowat R450 miljoen reeds bestee is.
Dr. Job Mokgoro, Noordwes se premier, was ná ’n besoek verlede Woensdag aan die hospitaal “geskok” oor die omstandighede daar, het sy woordvoerder, Vuyisele Ngesi, gesê. Die premier is veral bekommerd dat die nie-nakoming van aanvaarbare standaarde en norme onvermydelik sal lei tot die uitbreek van siektes omdat infeksiebeheer nie behoorlik toegepas word nie.
“Personeel se moraal en pasiënte se regte word benadeel omdat die personeel op infrastruktuur-uitdagings fokus pleks van al hul aandag aan die pasiënte te gee,” sê Mokgoro.
Nóg probleme by die hospitaal sluit in dat die wassery glad nie funksioneer nie weens gebrekkige infrastruktuur. Daar is ook nie warm water nie omdat die sonkrag- en waterverwarmingstelsel Continue reading…
Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi has appointed a task team to urgently tackle an invasion of monkeys at Durban’s RK Khan Hospital.
Motsoaledi flew to Durban on Wednesday to conduct a site visit at the state facility, which has long been grappling with the primates invading the hospital’s kitchen and, more recently, the wards.
He said he was extremely concerned and decided to take immediate action after watching a video on social media that shows monkeys roaming freely through a ward full of patients.
“The images I saw were disturbing. I just learnt this morning that the hospital was advised by some people who claim to know about monkeys not to interact with them or disturb them because they get aggressive,” said Motsoaledi.
“I don’t accept that type of advice – that monkeys can be just left among human beings, especially sick human beings, out of fear that they will get aggressive.”
Motsoaledi said nursing staff said the monkeys appeared throughout the d Continue reading…
Vrystaat se pasiënte wat afhanklik is van staats medisyne en mediese toebehore gaan ’n ernstige probleem in die gesig staar nadat daar bevind is dat die mediese staatsdepot in Bloemfontein nie die nodige voorraad betyds aan hospitale en klinieke kan lewer nie.
So het Patricia Kopane, DA-LP en DA-premierskandidaat vir die Vrystaat, Dinsdag ten tyde van ’n oorsig-inspeksie gesê.
Kopane het gesê die mediese depot voer ’n stryd om medisyne betyds aan Vrystaatse hospitale en klinieke te lewer.
“Terwyl baie faktore ’n rol speel, is die opsigtelikste redes die verouderde stoorbestuursrekenaarstelsel wat verskeie kere ineengestort het, vervoerprobleme en onvoldoende personeel.
“Die stoorbestuursrekenaarstelsel is ontwerp sodat die depot kon reageer op verskeie versoeke vir medisyne van verskillende gesondheidsgeriewe van oor die provinsie heen.”
Kopane sê die provinsie se gesondheidstelsel is op die rand van ’n krisis met die depot wat ’n a Continue reading…
‘Horrifying Cruelty By The ANC; Onlookers Shocked in Ward 31 This Morning’
South Africans endure pain, suffering and neglect at Robert Sobukwe Hospital, Kimberley last night and this morning. This photo shows the sick and injured who are forced to lie on cold floors. Many cry in anguish and discomfort, and embarrassment. Their frustration is evident, some wail in pain and frustration, others beg desperately for help from hospital workers, to no avail.
If you are sick or injured, don’t come to Robert Sobukwe Hospital, ANC Ward 31, unless you plan to leave you dignity at the door.
“Why has our government forgotten us?” cries a young teenage girl. She holds the hand of her grandmother who looks extremely weak. I looked into her grandmother’s eyes and saw no emotion, her tears have dried in salty streaks down her cheeks, disappearing under her wrinkled chin, the smell of urine comes from her chair. Her suffering is wrapped with a bow with kind regards from our Continue reading…
Gauteng hospitals can only fill half of its critical medical staff vacancies — positions that normally go to doctors, specialists and nurses, Gauteng health department deputy director general for clinical services Richard Lebethe says. Hospitals were first informed about this via an April circular sent to hospitals.
The head of psychiatry at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Wendy Friedlander, says medical officers are feeling the strain of almost 80 vacant posts.
“Doctors [now] have a much greater doctor to patient ratio. If you have more patients, what you can give in terms of time, facilities and resources to each patient is much less”, she explains. “Every patient is getting less care than they should be getting, less care than what they are entitled to.”
Friedlander stresses: “The quality of care has plummeted.”
The psychiatrist is part of a committee of hospital doctors who have asked the provincial health department to unfreeze th Continue reading…
The Western Government Health Department will be investigating a young mother’s claims that she nearly bled to death after suffering a miscarriage, while nurses ignored her and ate their cereal at Groote Schuur Hospital.
The woman says she lay for seven hours in a heap of blood clots “the size of her fists”, while the dead baby lay between her legs.
Saadijah Samuels Abrahams, 28, of Bridgetown says nurses ignored her desperate cries for help and, afterwards, a cleaner dumped the foetus in a bin.
“I wrapped the baby inside tissue paper and left it at my bedside and when I came back, the nurse said she didn’t know what happened,” she says.
“When my husband was finally allowed inside the ward, he put on gloves and found the baby inside the bin. Can you imagine that? To find your baby inside a bin?”
Saadijah was 14 weeks pregnant with her second child and says she was excited to be giving birth in July.