Patient who went missing at Northdale still at large

2010-05-11 00:00

THE family of Thulani Ndlovu (38) are still in the dark about his whereabouts after he went missing from Northdale Hospital on February 20.

Ndlovu was admitted three days earlier after complaining about a persistent headache.

His grandmother, Florence Mbeje, said Ndlovu wasn’t there when his sister, Buhle, went to visit him on the morning of February 20.

She was told by a nurse that he had gone to the toilet. When he did not return, Buhle asked other patients about her brother.

“She was told that he hadn’t even slept in his bed the night before. When questioned, the nurse said that when taking over from the night shift nurse, she hadn’t see Ndlovu in his bed and assumed that he had gone to the toilet.

“That was it, and there is no sign of my grandson and the hospital doesn’t care about what we are going through. Now we pray to God to at least bring him back, even if it’s his body so that we can get closure as a family,” said Mbeje.

There have been a number of reports of patients going missing from Northdale Hospital.

A source said some of these people are found in other wards in the hospital after being reported missing to the police. “There are a number of recorded cases of missing persons from the hospital, but, on investigation, they are found in other parts of the hospital.

“This is evidence that there’s no proper care for patients at that institution,” said the source.

Police spokesperson warrant officer Joey Jeevan confirmed that some of the reported missing persons are found at the same institution. “This affects policing negatively, because we send our men out to search for people who are not actually missing. Resources are wasted and this leads to unnecessary expenditure,” said Jeevan.

Health spokesperson Chris Maxon said the matter regarding Ndlovu is being attended to.

“We are doing our best to discover what happened to the patient and we hope that he’s going to be found.

“Security measures at the hospital include CCTV cameras and security personnel,” said Maxon.

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