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By Frank Maponya | Oct 06, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE Democratic Alliance in the Makhuduthamaga municipality in Limpopo has called for an investigation into allegations that nurses at a clinic in GaMashabela village were refusing to attend to patients at night.

This follows an incident in which security guards at the clinic allegedly turned back a woman experiencing labour pains on Sunday night. The 21-year-old woman was allegedly forced to deliver the baby on her own at her home.

DA councillor in the municipality, Enos Mailula, said the woman had gone to the clinic at around 8pm on Sunday. She found the clinic's gates locked.

Despite explaining that she was experiencing labour pains, security guards at the gates allegedly told her that the nurses did not normally attend to anyone at night, irrespective of the person's condition. This despite the fact that the clinic is supposed to operate on a 24-hour basis.

"We call on the management of the department of health and social development to investigate this matter and take appropriate action against anyone at fault," Mailula said.

"While we cannot point fingers at the nurses at the moment, we feel they too were at fault, but the security guards are equally responsible," he said.

Speaking to Sowetan from her home where she was looking after her new-born baby girl, mother Thelma Sello said she was both angry and happy.

"I'm angry at the nurses because I was in serious pain, but happy my baby came out alive and healthy," she said.

The health department's Selby Makgotho said the matter was being investigated.


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