Mahlangu cracks whip after kids’ deaths

2015-02-18 19:00

The security company whose guards prevented two children from getting treatment at Lenasia South Clinic leading to their deaths stands to lose its contract with the Gauteng health department. Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu confirmed this afternoon that the company would no longer be providing security services.

“We are going to fire them. Securities have no business in turning away patients at health facilities. Their responsibility is to usher patients into the facilities. It is unacceptable that we have lost two lives in one month due to them overstepping their mark,” said Mahlangu.

Steven Motsumi (5) from Lawley and Letty Sebitso’s six-month old baby girl, Queen Elizabeth, died last month after their parents were barred by security guards from entering the clinic.

Motsumi had been rushed to the clinic by his father, Vincent Mabitwa, after an object fell on his head, leaving him bleeding excessively. The security guards turned him away, saying doctors had left and nurses had told them to only let in pregnant women.

Mabitwa then took his child to the Daxina private clinic where a doctor certified the child dead on arrival.

In Queen Elizabeth’s case, the infant died in her mother’s arms shortly after her mother was denied access to the clinic by security guards who said doctors had left.

Mahlangu, who visited the clinic yesterday, lashed out at the clinic staff, saying that even though this was a mother and child hospital, there was no reason to turn away patients.

“Nothing stops doctors from stabilising patients and then transferring them to the nearest health facility. Our job is to provide health services to the people of Gauteng (and) not to deny them access to treatment because we specialise in a certain area of medicine,” she added.

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