Osindisweni Hospital under fire

Angry protestors had to be locked outside the gate after they stormed into the Osindisweni Hospital complaining about the disgusting conditions of the hospital. The protest also comes after the death of a young mother who died after giving birth.

The death of a young mother just hours after giving birth at Osindisweni Hospital recently has sparked fury over alleged negligence at the public hospital, with calls for the implicated staffers to be probed.

Phindile Cele, who was currently doing her second year in Bachelor of Education, died shortly after giving birth to her baby girl a week ago.

The 18-year-old was admitted in hospital last Monday while she was experiencing excruciating labour pains. She apparently underwent labour contractions from 3am and only gave birth 14 hours later.

A family member disclosed that upon her arrival at the hospital, Cele was told that her baby was hours away from delivery.

After giving birth later that day, the young woman was bleeding profusely and it emerged that there was only one doctor who was busy with another patient at that time.

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Cele had to be rushed to the emergency ward where she later died. Enraged by the shocking death, the family has since called for the implicated doctor and nursing staff to be investigated. It also emerged that the incident was apparently not the first at the hospital.

A source close to the family told Phoenix Sun Sun that another young female from the same area died with her child at the same hospital recently.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman, Lt Thulani Zwane, confirmed that a case of a woman who died after giving birth has been opened.

Meanwhile, Department of Health’s, Sam Mkhwanazi, expressed condolences to the family of the deceased and said the circumstances of Cele’s death will only be known after the postmortem results. He said the management of the hospital has met with the family and shall continue engagement with the two parties.

On Thursday, Osindisweni Hospital came to a standstill when scores of disgruntled community members protested outside the hospital premises.

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According to Verulam SAPS communications officer, Cpt Mark Prakasim, protestors raised a litany of woes about the conditions of the hospital.

Their grievances included the hospital being short staffed, filthy conditions and not having sufficient specialized units for Tuberculosis patients.

Protestors stormed the hospital and demanded to be address by the hospital management. When contacted for a comment, Osindisweni CEO, Mrs Ngcobo, said she was not in a position to speak to the media and referred the Phoenix Sun to the KZN Department of Health spokesman Sam Mkhwanazi.

An attempt to get a further comment regarding the protest from Mkhwanazi was unsuccessful at the time of this article being published.

Article: Mbali Khubisa 

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