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Hospital defies President Jacob Zuma's instructions

By Riot Hlatshwayo | Oct 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

HEALTH officials at the Matikwane Hospital in Mpumalanga have defied President Jacob Zuma's instructions to stop ill-treating patients.

One of the cases reported to Sowetan involves the discharge of a critically ill woman from the hospital in Mkhuhlu on Wednesday.

It is said that Maria Tjiea was discharged to punish her family for bathing and feeding her at the hospital.

Tjiea's daughter, Emelda Njhini, said her mother collapsed at home on Tuesday and was taken to Matikwane Hospital in an ambulance.

Njhini, 23, said the family spent well over five hours before any doctor could attend to her mother.

When a doctor eventually arrived it was established that she had suffered a stroke. Tjiea, 51, was admitted to the hospital but when the family came to visit her the following day she told them she had not been bathed or fed since her arrival.

"We were so shocked we decided to bath and feed her."

But angry nurses reprimanded them and told them they knew how to do their job.

Tjiea's relatives were ultimately told to take her home despite the fact that she was still critically ill. When Sowetan visited the hospital on Wednesday, the family was seen pushing the sick woman out of the hospital.

Spokesperson for the health department Mpho Gabashane said if what he was told was true, "heads will roll".


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