Civil rights movement #NotInMyName is up in arms over the alleged refusal by staff at the Stanza Bopape clinic east of Pretoria to treat a woman in her 50s who was in labour.
The woman went to the clinic in Mamelodi East at around 8pm, #NotInMyName secretary general Themba Masango told African News Agency.
“She was due to give birth. She was turned away by the clinic’s nurses who said she is old and they couldn’t assist her. They said she must go to the hospital,” Masango said.
“When she said she was in pain and [could not] go to the hospital, they still didn’t attend to her. She was chased away. She then tried to walk out of the clinic, and just there while walking towards the gate her water broke and she started having labour pains. She screamed for help but the nurses didn’t help her.”
Masango said the woman then delivered a baby girl without assistance from staff. On Tuesday, the mother and child were at Mamelodi Day Hospital.
The Gauteng department of health had been briefed about the incident, said Kwara Kekana, spokesperson for the new member of the executive council (MEC) for the province for health, Bandile Masuku.
“The clinic was in touch with the office of the MEC yesterday and we also managed to get in touch with a lady by the name Sibongile [who] is said to be the one who assisted the mother who had given birth by the gate,” Kekana said.
“The MEC’s office dispatched a team to go to the clinic to investigate what exactly happened there. We were informed yesterday (Monday) that the mother and the child were stable. The [mother’s] blood pressure was said to be a bit high and there was an intention to transfer her to a hospital.”
Last week, Gauteng premier David Makhura said the level of chaos at the Mamelodi Day Hospital, where 76-year-old patient Martha Marais was recently tied to the steel benches of the waiting area, was heading “towards a state of a mortuary”.
– African News Agency