Banana death: hospital staff may be in trouble

2009-01-27 00:00

Healthcare workers at Greys Hospital who failed to report to police their suspicion that Secoomar Brijmohan (63) died of an unnatural death after eating a poisoned banana, may find themselves being held accountable by not only the Health Department, but by the professional bodies they are affiliated to. They could also face the wrath of the law.

Responding to questions posed to him by The Witness yesterday, Dr Leon Mbangwa, spokesman for the department of health, said that although the failure to report the case had not yet been confirmed, if it were, the department would charge those responsible with negligence.

Police have, however, confirmed that the matter was never reported to them and that they first heard of the alleged poisoning incident when it was covered in the media.

Brijmohan of Howick died at Greys Hospital on December 18, allegedly after eating a poisoned banana found on a table in a garden he was working in as a supervisor for a garden service, within a residential complex in Hilton on December 10.

Police are still investigating the matter. Inspector Joey Jeevan said yesterday that the investigating officer was awaiting the hospital’s reports.

The domestic worker at the home where the poisoned banana was left out as bait for troublesome vervet monkeys, was also to be questioned, said Jeevan.

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