By Langa Bodlani MPL, DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Health:
I will be writing to Limpopo Health MEC Dr. Phophi Ramathuba, requesting an urgent investigation into gross negligence at the Letaba Hospital following the deaths of two patients as a result of unfueled generator that was supposed to supply power to the ICU life support machines.
The intensive care unit of the hospital had three patients on the ventilator last night when Eskom’s power failure struck the Letaba area.
An unfueled and poorly maintained emergency generator was used to supply power to the ICU. However, it lasted less than five hours and subsequently forced the life support machines to use internal batteries. This too did not last long and by early this morning, two of the three patients had died.
The MEC must ensure that all officials who had not executed their duties, leading to the generator failure must be held accountable. This includes the CEO of the hospital.
The DA also established that an unfueled and/or faulty generator is a recurring problem at this hospital as this is the fifth time the same problem has occurred.
The DA calls for department to be held criminally liable for these deaths. It is a crime against humanity and the DA will keep a close eye to ensure that all negligent parties are brought to book.
We offer our deepest condolences to the bereaved families.