73 Children wait for MRI scans at Bara Hospital

By Jack Bloom MPL DA Gauteng Shadow Health MEC:

73 child patients at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital have to wait up to six weeks for a MRI scan because the anaesthetic machine that prepares them for the scan has been broken for a year.

According to a written reply by Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature, the children are sent instead to the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital for MRI scans.

The broken machine needs to be replaced as it has now been condemned, but Qedani has not provided a date when the new machine will arrive.

Meanwhile, seriously ill children face delays in being diagnosed by a MRI scan for conditions that include the following:

  • Neurological tumours
  • Cancer cases
  • Strokes
  • Brain malformations
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Renal tumours
  • Respiratory cases

This unsatisfactory situation has last for more than a year.

The anaesthetic machine is needed to stop children from moving when they undergo a scan.

Surely an essential machine like this should have been ordered and delivered long ago?

It is one more example of poor management at this hospital.