In the latest indictment on the cape’s health-care centres, a teen was forced to deliver herbaby on the pavement after being turned away at a facility’s gatesMarch 23, 2009 Edition 1 (click here for edition 2)
SIPOKAZI MAPOSA, JADE WITTEN AND BRONWYNNE JOOSTE Source: Cape Argus
A TEENAGER from Crossroads gave birth on the pavement outside the gates of the Guguletu Maternal Obstetrics Unit just hours after nurses discharged her, telling her she was not yet in labour.
Even when baby Yonela fell on to the pavement, security guards allegedly failed to help and the night shift nurses inside responded that the birth was not their problem since it was happening outside hospital premises.
The is the latest shocking revelation to rock the province’s state health-care services, after the Cape Argus revealed last week that a one-year-old baby had died on his grandmother’s back after she was turned away from three different health-care facilities.
Now the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign is threatening legal action on behalf of little Unabantu Mali.
Mncedisi Twalo, the organisation’s provincial co-ordinator, said they would lay a charge of negligence against the city, which has authority over the Nyanga Clinic, and the provincial government, which has authority over the Guguletu Community Health Centre and the Guguletu MOU, the three health-care facilities involved. Read the rest of this entry »