Head of the KZN department of health, Sifiso Mtshali, said the patient arrived at the clinic on Monday already in labour. Deeming her “high risk” , the nurse, whose name has been withheld, reportedly turned her away, suggesting she be taken to hospital, Zululand Observer reported.
“As the patient was in advanced stages of labour, she eventually gave birth on the clinic’s premises. Both the mother and baby were deemed healthy and taken to Bethesda Hospital for postnatal care. The department has instituted disciplinary hearings against the suspended nurse,” Mtshali added.
Mtshali said the department had no place for healthcare professionals’ failure to uphold the rights of those in need of healthcare. We will not hesitate to take stringent action against them.
He said if a healthcare institution was unable to admit a patient during an emergency, the patient must at least be stabilised before being referred to another institution.
In a separate incident, four Baragwanath Hospital staff members were suspended for leaving the body of an 18-year-old pregnant woman to decompose in February.
“This follows preliminary investigations around the transportation of the body from the ward to the mortuary and the manner in which it was kept,” spokesperson Prince Hamnca said in a statement.
Bacebile Mbete, 18, reportedly died at the hospital from complications due to an ectopic pregnancy.
Her grandfather Raymond Zikalala, 82, said her body was sent to the morgue three days later. By that time it had decomposed so badly the young woman was unrecognisable.
The body was returned to the hospital, as the undertaker said it was too decomposed to keep at the mortuary.
– Caxton News Service