Ombud will investigate Caesarean by torches

2015-04-23 00:00

THE DA in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday said the office of the KZN Health ombudsman has confirmed an incident where doctors were forced to complete a Caesarean section by torchlight will be investigated.

The incident took place on April 13 at the EG and Usher Memorial in Kokstad after the hospital generator failed to kick in during load shedding.

Dr Imran Keeka, MPL and DA KZN spokesperson on Health, said while KZN’s Health Department has defended the matter, saying that the baby delivered is well, the fact that an operation had to be performed under such “primitive conditions” was unacceptable.

“There are numerous errors in the operating field that can go wrong in such a situation, which can ultimately endanger the life of a patient. These include:

• Major problems with anaesthetic equipment used to keep a patient breathing;

• The malfunctioning of vital monitoring equipment;

• Errors during instrument and other counts which could result in surgical instruments being left inside a patient.”

Keeka said they will also follow up with the ombudsman’s office to see the matter finalised. He said while Eskom’s load shedding is a national problem, “the blame for any death or severe disability as a result of this failure must be apportioned to the national leadership of the country”.

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