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Ill elderly patient discharged from Tembisa Hospital due to bed shortage – report

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Tembisa Hospital in Gauteng is reportedly putting sick patients’  lives in danger by discharging them because of a severe shortage of beds. 

A 65-year-old woman Mantoa Letitia Mokoena was reportedly discharged from the hospital while she was severely ill. 

SICK PATIENT DISCHARGED EARLY FROM HOSPITAL

According to the Democratic Alliance‘s Gauteng Constituency Head for Tembisa South, Refiloe Nt’sekhe, the elderly woman’s family alleged that she did not have bed sores before her admission to the hospital. Nt’sekhe  received photos from her family which expose her septic bed sores and her current state.

Nt’sekhe said it is saddening that sick patients, particularly the elderly are being discharged while still ill and how they are treated at Tembisa Hospital. 

A patient is seen in the intensive care unit for Covid-19 coronavirus patients in the Moscow Sklifosovsky emergency hospital in Moscow on October 20, 2021. Russia said on October 20, 1,028 people died of Covid over the past 24 hours, a new record, as President Vladimir Putin mulls introducing nationwide restrictions to curb the spread of the disease. Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP © Provided by The South African A patient is seen in the intensive care unit for Covid-19 coronavirus patients in the Moscow Sklifosovsky emergency hospital in Moscow on October 20, 2021. Russia said on October 20, 1,028 people died of Covid over the past 24 hours, a new record, as President Vladimir Putin mulls introducing nationwide restrictions to curb the spread of the disease. Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP

“They are either waiting in long queues at casualty or in cold corridors for a bed to sleep in, or they are being discharged without receiving adequate medical care.

“This level of incompetence and negligence at Tembisa Hospital is concerning and is happening solely because of the shortage of beds in the hospital. The staff is not coping with the influx of patients; the situation is now out of control.”

Refiloe Nt’sekhe

While the people of Tembisa and surrounding areas suffer, the Gauteng Department of Health is busy making endless promises rather than taking proper action.

The DA has called for the Gauteng Department of Health to ease the pressure at Tembisa Hospital by reopening Kempton Park Hospital and demanded that  Gauteng Health MEC, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, commit and outline a specific timeline as to when her department will begin refurbishing the Kempton Park Hospital and where the budget will come from.

The party said it will forward the images of Gogo Mokoena for Nkomo-Ralehoko to see for herself the state the elderly woman was discharged in and also called for the MEC to hold those responsible to account.

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