By Langa Bodlani MPL, DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Health:
The DA has written to the MEC for Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba to urgently investigate the death of a toddler who allegedly died after being turned away by nurses at the Limpopo Provincial Hospital. The reason for this was that there was not enough space to accommodate her.
The toddler was initially admitted at Mankweng Hospital for two months but transferred to the Provincial hospital in Polokwane by doctors because her condition was getting worse. Notwithstanding this , she was however told to go home this last Saturday because there was no space for her at Polokwane hospital.
Her parents were given three oxygen cylinders but the nurses failed to give instructions on how to use them. Three days later , the toddler sadly passed away on Monday.
To make matters worse , the paramedics who were called to help her before her death , allegedly indicated that the parents were given wrong cylinders and that could be the reason why the toddler has died.
It is scandalous that this gross negligence led to the death of a toddler that could have been avoided.
This calls for an urgent investigation by the MEC. Added to that , the DA will also open a criminal investigation for the negligent causing of the death of this toddler.
Our hospitals must be places where our people get medical help and not to be turned away by the nurses when they are desperately in need of help.