Mpumalanga MEC visits a 3-week old baby in hospital after a “shocking” incident

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane learnt with shock and disappointment of an incident involving a three-week-old baby. The unfortunate incident occurred at Bernice Samuel Hospital in Delmas at the Victor Khanye Local Municipality. A three-week-old baby was admitted for diarrhea at Bernice Samuel Hospital and had to be transferred to Witbank hospital after complications that led to the amputation of the baby’s hand.

The Premier together with MEC for Health Sasekani Manzini on Sunday 11 April 2021 visited the child and the family at Witbank Hospital to give them support, monitor the baby’s recovery progress and to assure the family that they don’t take what has happened lightly.

Premier Mtshweni-Tsipane has assured the family that a thorough investigation will be conducted.

“While the investigation begins the medical staff involved should be suspended with immediate effect and we should get a preliminary report by next week. We need only the truth as to what happened,  but we also need to make sure we support the family and offer counselling to the young mother and the rest of the family,” said the Premier.

Both the Premier and MEC agree that as government, they should take full responsibility for what has happened while a proper investigation is conducted.

The  MEC for Health Sasekani Manzini said the department is working tirelessly to ensure efficiency at its health care facilities and they won’t rest until such is done.

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