Halaal food not on offer

2015-07-06 11:50
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A MUSLIM man is adamant that a Pie-termaritzburg government hospital prejudiced his mother by denying her halaal food during a five-day stay.

Sajid Hoosen admitted his mother, Sharon Morris, at Edendale Hospital last Sunday for an operation on her arm.

Hoosen claims his mother was only fed toasted cheese sandwiches during her stay, the nursing sister in charge of her ward telling her the hospital did not serve halaal food. “My mother was admitted on Sunday to be operated on on Monday.

“She was told not to eat before her operation, so she did not eat on Sunday,” he said.

Upon visiting Morris on Monday, “she was starving” since she had not eaten for more than a day.

“I asked the nursing sister to send my mother something to eat, and when I specified that she only eats halaal food, she said they do not have a halaal menu and can only offer her a toasted cheese sandwich,” he said.

However, Edendale Hospital’s Samke Mncube said this was the first she had heard of the incident and that the hospital catered for all religions. The hospital kitchen was outsourced, and it catered for all dietary requirements, she said.

“We always go out of our way to make sure our patients are seen to with the best care. We cater for their each and every need,” she said.

Mncube said she had not received any complaint from a patient or their family about the food served at the hospital, but she would investigate this “isolated” case. Hoosen said hospital security stopped him when he attempted to bring in food to his mother. “She stayed at hospital for five days and one cannot expect her to live on toasted cheese sandwiches for all that time. I tried to bring in halaal food which was easy for her to hold since she could not use her one hand. The security would not allow me in with the food,” he said.

Hoosen said the nursing sister eventually instructed the guards to let him in with the food as the hospital did not cater for his mother’s dietary needs.

“It is a great disappointment and I am very upset that a government hospital does not cater for everyone. The nursing sister was not the only one who advised me there was no halaal menu available; I was also told this by a number of nurses,” he said

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