Pregnant women forced to sleep on the floor at Rustenburg hospital

Pregnant women forced to sleep on the floor at Rustenburg hospitalPregnant women sleep on the floor at Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg. (Facebook)

With hospital at capability pregnant women forced to sleep on the floor this weekend at the Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg.

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COVID-19 sufferers proceed to fill hospitals, particularly these with already restricted capability. At the Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg, as the COVID-19 ward crammed, pregnant women had been forced to sleep on the hospitals floor.

Heavily pregnant women who had examined optimistic for COVID-19 slept on a blanket on the chilly floor, whereas others lay throughout laborious benches in the hospitals hall over the weekend of 9 April to 11 April. The women had been supposed to be admitted to the COVID-19 ward, however the ward was already at capability they usually couldn’t be positioned in the regular maternity ward. A citizen took photographs of the overcrowding and posted it to Facebook.

The provincial division visited the hospital to examine the incident.

“As we all know, people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have to be isolated. This means that the pregnant women have to sleep in the COVID-maternity ward. Due to the  COVID-maternity ward being full, this resulted in the incident that transpired over the weekend,” mentioned Tebogo Lekgethwane, spokesperson for the division.

“The biggest challenge at the facility is space to create more beds. Many of our hospitals are receiving more patients than their capacity. Rustenburg in particular needs another district hospital because of fast population growth in the area,” mentioned Lekgethwane.

Finding options for strained amenities

Pregnant women sleep in the corridors at Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg. (Facebook)

As Rustenburg’s inhabitants has grown, the hospital has seen a rise of sufferers. The pandemic Lekgethwane says the division is doing all it might probably to be certain that sufferers obtain ample care. Earlier this month, Health MEC Madoda Sambatha launched reclining seats at the hospital, which could be transformed into beds.

“Though the hospital is receiving a lot of patients, there is always a plan in place to accommodate all of them and ensure they all receive health services,” mentioned Lekgethwane.

The division says it has additionally partnered with the Royal Bafokeng administration and mining homes in the platinum belt to develop a tertiary hospital which might alleviate strain on the Job Shimankana Tabane in the future.

At one other hospital final year, Sambatha apologised to the households of sufferers who additionally forced to sleep on the floor for up to 16 hours at the Brits District Hospital. He admitted that the incident highlighted critical administration challenges.

In 2018, the National Department of Health positioned the North West Department of Health underneath administration due to corruption and maladministration.—Health-e News

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