'Assaulted' patient actually died from meningitis - health dept

2015-06-10 16:34

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Mbombela - An Mpumalanga patient, who was thought to have been fatally assaulted by fellow mentally ill patients, actually died from meningitis, provincial health department authorities reported on Wednesday.

According to department spokesperson Dumisani Malamule, the patient died in the KwaMhlanga Hospital on Monday.

"The department was alerted of a mental health patient who died at KwaMhlanga Hospital.

"The patient was found in the early hours of Monday at the hospital corridor, just outside the cubicle where they are kept.

"Initially suspicions were that the patient may have died due to assault from the other mental health patients. However, a postmortem conducted indicated that the patient died of meningitis disease," Malamule told a News24 correspondent.

Following the death of the patient, whose named has been withheld until his family have been notified, the provincial government held a press conference through its provincial treasury MEC Eric Kholwane.

During the press conference held in Mbombela earlier, Kholwane announced that the provincial government planned to have cameras installed in all the provincial hospitals.

"The Executive Council (EXCO) has expressed a concern over safety and security at the hospitals throughout the province... As a result EXCO has taken a decision to strengthen safety and security by adding the electronic systems in addition to the security companies that are deployed at hospitals," Kholwane said.

The MEC said the cameras were expected to capture all movements within every hospital so that unexpected incidents could be reviewed.

"This will also help in terms of newborn babies being stolen from hospitals," Kholwane said.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said police had opened an inquest docket following the patient's death.

"We were alerted about the incident and we have since opened an inquest for investigation," said Mohlala.
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