Patient dies after being turned away unattended from hospital

MOUTSE – The Mokone family at Ntwane Village in Dennilton, Moutse, outside Groblersdal is reeling in shock after an ill member of the family died at home after he was turned away from the Philadelphia Hospital last Wednesday without medical attention.

According to the family, they took the deceased 48 year-old Moses Mokone to the hospital that evening for medical attention as he was ill but they were told that there was no medical practitioner to attend to him at the time.

The family said the nurses at the hospital claimed that the doctor who was available at the hospital that evening only attended emergency cases such as the injured.

Sehlako Mokone, the deceased’s brother, said he was surprised to learn that a hospital could only have a doctor attending to injured people and not the ill.

Mokone said when they tried to speak to the nurses about the matter and how ill their brother was, they were ignored until the option they had was to vacate the hospital.

“My brother was very sick at the time. We opened a file for him at the hospital because it was his first time there. We were shocked to be told that the doctor who attended to patients in his state will only be available on Monday. They said the doctor only came in on Wednesday and Mondays. That Wednesday we were there, he had left already,” explained Mokone.

He added that the time his ill brother spent unattended at the hospital in the cold weather may have contributed to his condition worsening.

“We had to take him to the local clinic where he was attended and given some medication. We took him home after that and later that evening, he had and episode and we lost him. We are very worried as a family about what happened at the hospital. We still can’t make sense of it,” said Mokone.

Mokone further said that if allowed to continue, the treatment of patients at the hospital would lead to loss of many lives as that was the only hospital in the area which people depended on for medical help.

The paper sent a query to the Limpopo Department of Health on the matter on Monday, 07 June 2021, and the department said it was not aware of it at that point. The department said it would speak to the hospital but the paper had not received a response at the time of going to press on Wednesday morning.



Thapelo Motseo

COMPANY BACKGROUND Sekhukhune Times was founded in 2015 for the purpose of providing Sekhukhune community and businesses with quality news. The business is operated within the Sekhukhune district municipality which consist of four municipality namely Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality, Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality, Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality and Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality . Sekhukhune Times help the readers to become aware of their surroundings from social life, to the news happening in the community and also not forgetting what’s happening on the outside world’ it brings you all the news in a convenient and simple language that community can understand and It is released every Thursday and distributed through various mine, shops, , pubiic institutions and in schools. Complimentary copies are distributed to advertisers. The publication is also available online Sekhukhune Times bring you all the news you need to know about the community, events coming up, speeches and also some tips on surviving student life as well as anything which you feel could be beneficial to students voicing out their opinions. MISSION . To became a cross border publication that will link young people from all corners of the world. . To became a source of information to the youth and community in general. .To became a tool for businesses big and small to market their products. .To serve as a communication tool for businesses, government, school and communities in general. .To offer jobs to young people and thus participate in eradicating unemployment, which is a major contributor to increase in crime, AIDS and poverty in our communities. .Provide auxiliary services such as printing, layout and design and photography for other institutions. . Sekhukhune Times is committed to providing the client with a quality product at competitive price within schedule. . At all time we will address and service the customers, requirements, comply with specifications, standards and technical requirements, act ethically and with dignity

Social Media Auto Publish Powered By :