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ANC calls for urgent enquiry into alleged refusal by staff at Site B Hospital in Khayelitsha Hospital to assist woman about to give birth

ANC calls for urgent enquiry into alleged refusal by staff at Site B Hospital in Khayelitsha Hospital to assist woman about to give birth

30 April 2002

The ANC spokesperson on Health in the Western Cape and Chairperson on the portfolio committee on health said: "I have received information that Mrs Ntombesithathu Mini of Elitha Park Khayelitsha went to the Site B Hospital in Khayelitsha yesterday as she was experiencing chronic labour pains. When the staff could not locate a file and were informed that she was booked at Somerset Hospital, they advised her to hire a car and go to Somerset. Given that she was about to give birth she then went to the Police Station for help where members of the SAPS assisted her and she gave birth her a child. It is alleged that staff at Site B did not want to come to the police station and only came to cut the umbilical cord when the SAPS members said they did not have have any sterilized equipment.

"I am deeply concerned at these allegations and have decided to visit Mrs Mini, the Hospital as well as the SAPS this afternoon. Clearly we need an urgent investigation into this matter. Reports about staff refusing to deal with emergency cases must be followed up immediately.

"It is indeed a miracle that members of the SAPS assisted and that the baby was delivered safely. I wish to congratulate all those involved and hope that the MEC for Community Safety will find some way of honouring their efforts.

"I am in the process of asking our MEC for Health Mr Piet Meyer to urgently investigate the matter.

Mr Dugmore will start the visit at the Khayelitsha police station at 12.45 pm today and then proceed to Mrs Mini`s house in Elitha Park.

For further input, please contact Cameron Dugmore on 082 894 7553

Issued by:
African National Congress - Western Cape

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