Langa Bodlani (MPL)
Spokesperson on Health
The DA yesterday received a shocking complaint from Mr Simon Rampedi of Burgersfort who had visited his patient relative at Dilokong hospital only to find him and others sharing a ward with a deceased person.
According the other patients the deceased passed at around 9 am in the morning but around 2pm when Mr. Rampedi visited, the body was still lying in the ward.
The ward is a 4-bed ward and the other patients are able to notice what is happening to other patients in the same ward.
To make matters worse Mr Rampedi was not only allowed into the ward during visiting hours but he also found out that the patients were served food while the deceased body was still in the ward.
How on earth are visitors allowed into such a ward when there is a deceased body lying.
This could only be described as the worse traumatic experience for other patients who have had to endure sharing a ward with a deceased body for no less than 5 hours.
Mr Rampedi has pictorial evidence of this gruesome experience.
This cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.
I will be writing to the Health Professional Council of SA to ask them to start an urgent investigation into this matter.