A child died after being turned away from a clinic

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A family in Alexandra township is mourning the death of their 4-year-old child who was injured on Wednesday this week in a car accident, but they were turned away from the Alexandra Health Centre at 5 pm after security guards told them the clinic had no electricity as the generator was not working.

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health Jack Bloom said according to the family, the child died from his injuries when they tried to take him to a hospital. “I have taken up this tragic case with Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi, and it has been confirmed that the generator is broken because it exploded during the frequent load-shedding”.

Bloom said while the investigation into this matter is continuing, it is inexcusable that a generator at a large clinic has been out of action for two weeks.

“This highlights once again the incompetence of the Gauteng Infrastructure Development Department which is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all generators at healthcare facilities.

Bloom said broken generators should never be a reason for turning people away from a health facility.

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