Madimbo Clinic baby demise: Family, DA seek answers

A Limpopo household has been left to select up the items following the demise of their baby a day after she was born exterior the gates of Madimbo Clinic in Musina.  Together with the household, the DA has since laid prices of culpable murder and negligence following a stunning collection of occasions.

The youngster’s grandmother, Christina Ndou, is struggling to return to phrases with the new child’s premature demise earlier this month. This, after the closely pregnant mom was allegedly refused entry to the clinic by safety guards on the instruction of a nurse who was nonetheless sleeping earlier than her shift was scheduled to start out.

Ndou instructed Health-e News that she now not finds pleasure in something and is struggling to manage.

“My granddaughter has passed away and is another blow to my daughter-in-law. First, she was humiliated by giving birth outside a clinic with no privacy, and now her baby has passed on,” she mentioned.

“Both her and her husband are unemployed and they have a two-year-old daughter to raise. I have no money to pay lawyers to make government pay for what this clinic did to her. I earn peanuts as a hawker here in Johannesburg, so how can I pay lawyers?”,  Ndou requested.

“When I got the message she was in labour, I immediately phoned someone at home to hire a car to take her to the clinc – only to be refused entry and ended up giving birth outside. The story we got from Madimbo Clinic is that the baby died from the cold after inhaling cold air during delivery. I have a strong feeling other terrible things occurred during the birth in the open,” she lamented.

DA lays prices 

Following the incident at Madimbo Clinic, the DA visited the Musina police station on 8 September to put prices of culpable murder and negligence.

“It is alleged by the parents of the deceased baby, along with eye witnesses at the clinic on that morning (1 September), that the death came about as a result of the baby having dropped onto the ground during the birth,” claimed DA well being spokesperson and member of Limpopo Provincial Legislature, Shahima Maharaj.

” The DA has laid the cost in opposition to the nurse and the division as we’re decided to make sure a clear investigation and accountability for the uncaring method wherein the mom was handled. There ought to have by no means been a situation wherein a pregnant mom is denied entry, and a baby is born exterior the gates of a clinic that’s meant to be operational,” Maharaj defined.

Limpopo provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo mentioned, “We can confirm that a case of culpable homicide has been opened and investigations are unfolding.”

DA accused of scoring political factors

However, the Health & Other Services Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA) has accused the DA of making an attempt to attain political factors.

Provincial chairperson, BJ Ngwenya, warned the DA of dragging police into labour points.

“The action by the DA is something, we cannot as Hospersa entertain now, as it is a clear case of political points scoring. But what we do know is that as a union, we are going to vigorously defend any of our members who must attend hearings by their employers which is the Limpopo Department of Health,” mentioned Ngewenya.

DENOSA give their take

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) has additionally lashed out on the DA for getting into the fray.

Provincial secretary Jacob Molepo mentioned: “Denosa in Limpopo takes note of of the desperation of the DA to enter any terrain in the mobilisation for local government elections. The nurse who is on suspension was not on duty, was sleeping and when the security officer knocked on the door she managed to wake up and go to the gate”.

“Unfortunately, when she arrived, the woman was in the process of delivering the baby and she (the nurse) managed to assist both mother and baby. She even called the ambulance to take the mother and baby to the hospital for further management and care,” mentioned Molepo.

DENOSA known as on the division not use nurses as scapegoats for its failure to offer 24 hour service in clinics.

“We call on political parties to play their political games outside the workplace and stop interfering in workplace matters,” added Molepo.

Suspension of nurse confirmed

The provincial well being division has not responded to queries by Health-e News on the DA’s opening of legal prices in opposition to the nurse.

But in an earlier media assertion on 1 September, division spokesperson Neil Shikwambana mentioned a nurse has been suspended after a pregnant lady gave start exterior the gates of the Madimbo Clinic.

“The clinic does not operate 24 hours but works on a call system. The nurses sleep at the clinic premises and when a patient presents to the facility with an emergency, they are expected to wake up and assist,” learn the assertion.

Patients really feel unsafe ready exterior clinics

A latest Ritshidze third quarter report (April to June 2021) on the state of well being in Limpopo confirmed that 51% of sufferers surveyed in 17 amenities throughout three districts, Capricorn, Mopani and Vhembe, felt unsafe ready exterior clinics within the early morning.

Ritshidze is a community-led monitoring system developed by organisations representing individuals residing with HIV together with the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the National Association of People Living with HIV (NAPWA), Positive Action Campaign, Positive Women’s Network (PWN) and the South African Network of Religious Leaders Living with and affected by HIV/AIDS (SANERELA+). – Health-e News 

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