Bushbuckridge woman gives birth in hospital toilet

Bushbuckridge woman gives birth in hospital toilet
COLLAPSED HEALTHCARE: A continued failure of governance and systems at the province's health department has led to a woman reportedly giving birth in the toilets of Mapulaneng hospital in Bushbuckridge. PICTURE BY TimesLive

The hospital is one of many that are collapsing in the province and has no beds while politicians live lavishly and enjoy private medical aids at poor people’s expense.

A woman in the Bushbuckridge area has given birth inside a toilet at the Mapulaneng Hospital.

She found herself with no choice after being told the labour units didn’t have beds, the DA has said in a statement released Wednesday 10 June 2020.

DA leader Jane Sithole says they are writing to the Human Rights Commission to complain about violations of humans rights in the Mpumalanga province.

“There are also reports of nurses verbally abusing patients at the hospital,” she said.

Sithole said instead of her being assisted, the poor woman found herself being told by rude nurses to leave the toilets as “they don’t deliver babies in toilets”.

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“We condemn this abuse of pregnant women by health workers in the strongest terms,” Sithole said, adding that evidence that includes photos will be submitted to the human rights commission for urgent investigation.

“Mapulaneng hospital hasn’t had water for a very long time and desperate appeals to the Mpumalanga department of health to ensure consistent water supply to the hospital has fallen on deaf ears.

“The Department of health is turning a blind eye to what is happening in Mapulaneng hospital,” the opposition spokesperson on health said.

Patients must ferry water 

Sithole alleged that patients  are forced to fetch water outside from the tanks. 

“They have to bath with cold water because the hospital doesn’t have hot water.

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“Mapulaneng hospital registered its first Covid-19 case in April and currently, there is no social distancing because all pregnant women are packed in one room,” she said.

(edited by MLM)

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