Young mothers are forced to sleep on the floor with their newborns after an ailing Letaba Hospital in Tzaneen, Limpopo has failed to repair broken beds.
On many occasions, the hospital admits more mothers than its capacity can handle, leading to new mothers having to sleep on the floor. At times, about 19 patients are admitted to this ward that reportedly only has eight beds, Letaba Herald reported.
Limpopo DA chairperson Langa Bodlani said the party was looking to file an urgent complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to probe the situation at Letaba Hospital.
They learned of the situation through a concerned staff member, Langa said.
“Furthermore, the maternity ward at the nearby Van Velden Hospital, about 20km away, which would have mitigated Letaba’s situation, has been under renovation for many years,” Boldani said.
Provincial department of health spokesperson, Derrick Kganyago, said there was a huge influx of pregnant mothers at the Letaba Hospital due to the renovation of the Van Velden Hospital maternity wards.
“We advised people to use Letaba and Kgapane Hospitals and people went to Letaba as it is closer to the Van Velden Hospital. Part of the Van Velden Hospital was temporarily closed and the contractor promised to complete the renovations this week,” he said.
– Caxton News Service