Government 'deeply distressed' by Life Esidimeni deaths - Zuma

2017-02-10 08:05
President Jacob Zuma during SONA 2017.

President Jacob Zuma during SONA 2017.

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Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday that government is "deeply distressed" by the death of 94 psychiatric patients who were transferred from Life Esidimeni to various NGOs last year.

"Mentally ill patients are some of the most vulnerable members of society, who need protection from the state itself and society as a whole," Zuma said at the State of the Nation Address.

"I have instructed the Minister of Health to ensure that the Health Ombudsperson’s recommendations are wholly and speedily implemented without any reservations."

Zuma said that certain powers and functions in the National Health Act and Mental Health Act could revert back to the Health Minister.

"Once more, we extend our heartfelt condolences to all families and relatives of the deceased.

"Government will provide support so that families do not face this burden alone.

"The Premier of Gauteng and the Minister of Health have already provided this assurance."

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  cape town  |  health  |  life esidimeni

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