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No Good Story to Tell about New Soweto Hospital

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Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Soweto continues to be plagued by problems. Complaints have been pouring in about the state of service delivery at the facility, just months after it became fully operational. The hospital was built to deal with the spillover of patients from Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital.

But, for some, that hope is quickly fading. Jabulani from Soweto is one of those who doesn’t have a good story to tell about the Bheki Mlangeni hospital. She was referred to this hospital for admission after a doctor at a nearby clinic told her she has fluid below her left lung.

She said, “When I got to the OPD ward, I found nurses. I presented my X-Rays and told them the doctor had referred me for admission. “One of them said we like to be admitted to hospitals as black people even if it’s over a small medical problem.”

Although she wasn’t admitted, she was given the necessary medical assistance, but, not before reportedly being subjected to agony. She recalls, “They did not sedate me. One of the doctors injected me, trying to drain the fluid but blood came out instead. She then told the other doctor that she injected me in the wrong place. One of them then said they nearly pricked my heart.”

Even after the procedure and the pills, she claims her condition worsened until she went to a private doctor. The Gauteng Health Department is aware of the challenges faced by some patients at this hospital. It said a probe into many of the claims is underway.

Spokesperson for the department, Steve Mabona said, “We will remedy the situation and we are mindful of the fact that (as) a health facility we cannot afford any mistake.” “We wish to say that, where we erred, we should be in a position to apologise to her.”

It is not the first time that this hospital finds itself at the centre of controversy. Just last month a man was allegedly denied treatment because he did not have the requisite R20 admin fee. This week, one family was apparently handed the wrong body following the death of their child.

Officials said they won’t hesitate to implement disciplinary measures should the need arise.

Published: Sunday 12 July 2015. By ENCA
Copyright © 2015 eNews Channel Africa

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