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By Canaan Mdletshe | Sep 18, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

KWAZULU-NATAL MEC for health Sibongiseni Dhlomo will visit Nkandla tomorrow to get a first-hand account of the status of KwaNxamalala Clinic.

This follows Sowetan'sreport on the tragic deaths of Mjumpu Gcaba, her husband James and their grandchild in the Lindela area last month.

They were killed in a car crash on their way to another clinic in the area after their daughter who was in labour was turned away from KwaNxamalala Clinic.

A security guard at the clinic told them that there was no one to attended to the pregnant woman.

He said the only nurse meant to be on duty was not in because she had to leave for a family bereavement in another village.

Local leader Inkosi Bhekumuzi Zuma expressed sadness that the family were killed because the clinic was dysfunctional.

"I am saddened by the turn of events and will investigate why there was no one at the clinic to attend to them," he promised shortly after the tragedy.

Department of health spokesperson Desmond Motha acknowledged that the clinic operated on a 24-hour basis.

"KwaNxamalala Clinic is one of our clinics that operates day and night, and after hours a nurse must be on call for emergencies.

"But unfortunately the nurse who was supposed to be on call on the particular night had had a death of a family member to attend to at home," Motha said.

Yesterday Motha told Sowetan that Dhlomo would be visiting the area.

"He will meet with the family and the chief to discuss what happened.

"He will later visit the clinic to get first-hand information as to what led to the deaths and obviously make announcements as to what the department is going to do to prevent similar tragedies in future," said Motha.


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