In September last year, TAC Vosloorus marched to Thelle Mogoerane Hospital to highlight the ongoing crisis at the facility and demanded urgent intervention by the provincial health department. Yet, to date, the crisis continues to threaten people’s health, rights and lives.
During an unannounced visit this month, TAC branch members found a number of ongoing challenges that have yet to be resolved.
When interviewed, several patients explained that there had been no hot water at the hospital for the previous three weeks, forcing them to wash with cold water. This had made some of them more ill on top of existing health conditions.
Many patients were found sleeping on the floors of the wards – without access to any blankets to keep them warm. A problem worsened given the winter months.
One elderly woman had been brought into the hospital after collapsing at a funeral. Despite being in a coma three days later, her family were told by hospital staff to make arrangements for transport to take her home. They told the family that she was too elderly to be treated, and was a burden on the hospital resources.
One young man had been admitted to the hospital after being stabbed under his left eye. Yet two days later, he was still waiting to see a doctor and have the wound assessed and stitched up.
Due to overcrowding in the psychiatric ward, patients with mental health conditions were being moved to the casualty ward and tied to the beds.
TAC leaders spoke with the Hospital CEO to raise these concerns, however she denied the challenges raised.
For more information contact TAC Gauteng provincial leader Bongani Radebe on 072 363 6738