Jacques Smalle, MPL
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
The DA has written a letter to the South African Nursing Council (SANC) asking them to probe the deaths of nine babies at Maphutha Malatji in Namakgale with immediate effect.
We also acknowledge the intervention made the Health MEC, Ishmael Kgetjepe by establishing a task team to probe the matter. It’s clear that the incident needs a meticulous investigations from all sides as there are numerous aspects that need to be taken into account.
It is also alleged that there are no sanitizer’s for the mothers before handling their babies, milk formula, nappies and sanitary towels for the mothers.
The DA’s concern is how can the department allow nurses, especially in the maternity wards, to work without adequate resources and medications for the babies?
It is clear that norms and standards are not being adhered to and that the department could be seen as being neglecting their duties to patience and increasing the risk of professional staff to attract diseases.
The DA has also noted that there is a shortage of nurses at this hospital and incubators are also not in good condition.
Allowing more than nine babies to die like these is pure negligence and mismanagement of nurses and there is a need for a decisive and urgent intervention.
Where the DA governs in the Western Cape, all maternity wards have qualified mid wives, enough professional nurses and adequate resources including enough incubators, sanitisers, nappies and sanitary towels for the mothers.
The DA urges the council to commence with their probe and hold the nurses implicated accountable and take actions against them.
The council must also visit all hospitals especially in the rural areas to see these conditions and avoid further babies deaths.