The abuse of patients by nurses and other officials in Mpumalanga clinics seems to be on the rise.
Yet another patient became the latest victim of abuse when she was allegedly chased away from a clinic by nurses on two consecutive days.
Lilian Chiloane, 32, collapsed about 100m from the KaNyamazane Clinic outside Nelspruit shortly after leaving the building yesterday morning.
Street hawkers who were selling food nearby came to Chiloane's rescue and helped her to safety from where her relatives fetched her.
Chiloane told Sowetan that it was the second time that nurses at the clinic had chased her away on two consecutive days.
"I came for medical treatment on Monday and the nurses told me to go home after claiming that there was no doctor to attend to me," said Chiloane yesterday.
"I returned to the clinic yesterday only to be told the same story. I collapsed on the street because I am very sick.
"Vehicles could have easily run me over if it was not for the good Samaritans who helped me after I collapsed," she said.
The hawkers, Zodwa Madondo and Thembi Zulu, both said Chiloane had told them the same story.
"It is for the second time that we see her today. She claimed she had been chased away from the clinic," said Madondo.
Chiloane did not want to disclose her illness.
A nursing sister, who refused to identify herself, declined to speak to Sowetan.
She also refused to make arrangements for Chiloane to get medical assistance.
The Mpumalanga health department spokesman, Mpho Gabashane, said the department was unaware of the incident but promised to investigate.
"It is not government policy to chase people away because doctors are not available," he said.
Recently, a five-month pregnant woman Violet Matsane claimed that a cleaner at Maviljan Clinic in Bushbuckridge shouted at her and punched her for chewing gum in the clinic.