KZN hospital infested by pests

2012-06-01 11:05

Johannesburg - King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban is infested by mosquitoes, rats and cockroaches, the Mercury reported on Friday.

Patients said they were kept awake by mosquitoes, and that newborn babies were prey to the blood-suckers. Rat droppings were also found under beds in some wards.

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo told the newspaper the conditions were not a serious concern.

“They [mosquitoes] are just causing a nuisance and they cannot cause malaria… they won't infect anyone with disease.”

Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA provincial secretary Cassim Lekhoathi disagreed.

"Mosquitoes can cause various diseases.... Babies are also vulnerable because of their low immune system."

Stagnant water in a disused swimming pool at the hospital was believed to be the cause of the mosquito problem.

Rats and cockroaches were apparently attracted by bags of uncollected refuse, including used bandages and hospital waste, outside many wards.

Provincial health department spokesperson Chris Maxon said the problem was being addressed.

"King Edward Hospital has a contracted pest control company that deals with fumigation and the control of insects and pests."

The old swimming pool and nurses' accommodation would be renovated, he said.

  • Julie - 2012-06-01 11:11

    DISGUSTING! Who is to blame? Apartheid??????? I dont think so.......

      procold2 - 2012-06-01 11:19

      na julie, maybe the old gaurd were the last to pay the pest company, since then they have used that money for entertainment and incresed king zwel's yeary budget, stuff the important things they can wait

      Alan - 2012-06-01 11:24

      Yes, while the ANC is jumping up and down making a huge fuss about the Spear, people are dying all over the country because of hugely unsanitary ANC-controlled public hospitals. Shows just where the ANC's real priorities actually are.

      Barbara - 2012-06-01 11:24

      Well said Julie, everything is always blamed on this "magic" word!!

      Alan - 2012-06-01 12:04

      (Alan2) And 'Whiteprivilege' pops up with the same old, same old 'racist' accusation, and doesn't refute in any way whatsoever the very real allegations in the artcle and other comments. Get real mate, and face facts for a change. Respect is earned by ACTIONS - that applies to people of any colour. Please stop pulling out the worn old race card, it's getting really tatty now.

      bearpup - 2012-06-01 12:10

      WhitePrivilage....are you serious? Are you sitting at ANC HQ playing cards on the computer again?...i wish you would just disappear...White are not in charge anymore...your government and beloved ANC is. Grow some dignity you SOB!

      Jacqui - 2012-06-01 12:28

      White Priviledge, maybe whites with white sounding namens, or not get the jobs because they are dependable and knowledgable having paid for their own studies. Get a life ...... somewhere.

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-01 12:29

      @ WhitePrivilege - You're probably right. Now why don't go to the next step you clever thing, and ask yourself why this is the case?

      Marco - 2012-06-01 12:52

      i am glad that whiteprivelege has stated that he is white in a previous i am not a racist for enjoying the image of me wiping my bunghole on his face

      Steve - 2012-06-01 12:57

      Well said Julie. Millions of sheep out there willing to die for their uninformed cause. Can't they see what the cANCer is doing to them, making promise after promise and then they are left to rot, while the corrupt thieves steal what should be being spent on them. @WhitePrivilage. You are just one of the many Trolls on this forum with nothing better to do than start a race war. FACT: Most public hospitals were a damned side better run in the bad old days. So were many other public institutions for that matter. It hasn't taken very long for the cANCer to let it all fall apart at the expense of the very people who voted for them. So WhitePrivilege, go play in the traffic and hope that a taxi comes along and takes you out.

      Mark - 2012-06-01 13:08

      @Whiteprivilege - white sounding names, white supremacy, institutional racism - brother, you need to get a life as the colours of the rainbow are really wasted on you. Write an article instead of just sitting there sniping away at others, show us what you're made of, go on........

      eil33nn - 2012-06-01 13:18

      I blame the Zulu king, the government maintains with R59mil. That surely could help pay pest control?

      Rob - 2012-06-01 18:48

      Apartheid was blamed for Apartheid even before Apartheid......

  • Ian - 2012-06-01 11:12

    ffs , never again will I question the amount of money I pay medical aid, VIVA PRIVATE HEALTH CARE VIVA

      Mark - 2012-06-01 13:10

      With you there Ian, smartest thing I ever invested in, bar none

  • RSole - 2012-06-01 11:12

    Are they referring to the government as the pests? They are obviously the blood suckers. Wonder who the cockroach is.

      Helmut - 2012-06-01 11:37

      I take a guess

      Kala - 2012-06-01 11:59

      I thought Jackie Selebi was in a private hospital

      Jacqui - 2012-06-01 12:30

      Jackie Selebi isn't in a private hospital anymore, but it look as if he is still enjoying his salary and pension since he was never fired from the Police.

  • lioneldelange - 2012-06-01 11:13

    All it comes down too is housekeeping. Keep the hospital and grounds clean and you wont have a pest problem. Just look at the state of the townships and you'll understand why the hospitals are not kept clean either.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-01 12:32

      It's like the people who moved into our neigbourhood and three months later the first broken windows are covered with cardboard. Cleaning up is not part of the game.

      Bronwyn de la Hunt - 2014-06-10 12:35

      Lionel, in some instances yes. But you can't tar everybody with the same brush. The government is also responsible for refuse removal and other sanitation measures, so no surprise that it doesn't happen. That said yes there are people who just don't care and are dirty, but there are also people that live in a shack with very little and things are kept immaculate, unfortunately I think those are the minority.

  • Bryan - 2012-06-01 11:13

    Are we surprised by this???? And a painting has been more important..Sad!

  • Ryno - 2012-06-01 11:14

    "KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo told the newspaper the conditions were not a serious concern" perfect example of why cadre deployment is not working...but then again, until he / his family has to be booked in there, i am sure he will change his mind!

      Julie - 2012-06-01 13:03

      Surely you jest, Ryno? Sibongiseni Dlomo and/or his family will never book into a state hospital - it's the same as far as schooling for their children is concerned - cadres' children only get enrolled at the most expensive, snooty private schools... The rest of us at ground level must sit back and see our families/children go to ground because of state horpitals and schools... oh - before I forget - not free either - we also pay through the nose for being accommodated at these facilities...

      shiv179 - 2012-06-01 15:50

      Brainless, brainless, brainless, sigh

  • Ben - 2012-06-01 11:14

    Unclean people run unclean facilities. The person in charge should be fired and a capable person appointed.

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-01 11:16

    But let's focus on the spear! Well done ANC

  • Martin - 2012-06-01 11:16

    ag shame, let them eat cake and sip champagne, through the lips of their leaders on their behalf

  • matthew.swanepoel.9 - 2012-06-01 11:20

    Absolutely disgusting! Ya its gotta be apartheid to blame. Usually that is the answer to every problem.

      Erna - 2012-06-01 12:08

      Its got to be 400 years of apartheid - these same hospitals were not dirty before 1994, so where does the dirt come from now.

  • jo.vankatwijk - 2012-06-01 11:21

    Shocking, but not surprising. That MEC should be fired immediately for making such a statement.

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-06-01 11:23

    Dhlomo were you ever bitten by a mosquito? We all know how uncomfortable it can be, can you imagine how much more it should be for a baby?

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-06-01 11:26

    Sorry all - funds have been diverted to the new hospital being built for MP's and visiting dignitaries. This is state of the art stuff - not for the rabble and the great unwashed. Viva Peasants, keep voting for their luxuries.

  • Gavin - 2012-06-01 11:34

    what are they doing there - I thought the ANC headquarters were in Pretoria?

      antionette.leroux - 2012-06-01 11:43

      Great minds think alike ..... hahaha

  • Helmut - 2012-06-01 11:43

    Dhlomo YOU must be the most disgusting vermin on earth

  • Tim - 2012-06-01 11:44

    Yup! Blame it on apartheid !!!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-06-01 11:44

    not a serious concern??? GOSH!!! that MEC should go lay there for a week...

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-06-01 11:48

    like all goverment facilities, the people that are employed to carry out day to day duties are lazy, they then blame it on apartheid, will institute a commission of enquiry ,cost the country , billions and then say it was an aparthied error , and it will be rectified, by employing more people,doubling their salaries , giving them housing and govt vehicles

  • Benjaminiankemp - 2012-06-01 11:51

    That hospital is a nightmare! No cleanliness doubtful infection control. Iv seen massive rats before.

      Jayne - 2012-06-01 11:57

      I remember a few years ago at King Edward reports of newborns toes being nibbled off by rats!!! Clearly nothing has changed!!!!

      luytster - 2012-06-01 17:53

      YEP about six years ago it was reported that rats were eating children at King Edward. my late wife worked worked there 10 years ago and when i went to pick her up late in the evenings these same rats were running around in huge packs. Rats only thrive were there is food for them to eat. Obviously plenty garbage around. Flipping disgusting. Obviously pest control company is owned by administrators relatives. And we pay tax for this crap????? Peeps get the word out to everybody you know. Votes these clowns and robbers out!!!!

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-06-01 11:56

    Well, nothing surprises us anymore in the new ANC goverment. Wonder now how effecive AA and BEE were? It's a laughable matter, from first world to 3rd world country.

  • martin.vandermerwe - 2012-06-01 11:57

    One of the better hopistals in the 80's, oh wait, it being run by bafoons now!!!!

      sonofoldman - 2012-06-01 12:50

      Hey Martin,well said they cannot even take of there own health and hygiene how are the except to take of others

  • buti.lembe - 2012-06-01 11:59

    They [mosquitoes] are just causing a nuisance and they cannot cause malaria… they won't infect anyone with disease.” Sibongiseni Dhlomo who gave you that position. I think your job was to collect those dustbin and rubish in that hospital not the position you're. It's a biggerst mistake ever the health Department made for giving u that position.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-01 12:35

      Buti, Sibongiseni is a royal ANC follower, job secured.

  • Tinus - 2012-06-01 11:59

    The money she is finished, can't pay for cleaning services!

  • Erna - 2012-06-01 12:05

    EC Sibongiseni Dhlomo told the newspaper -“They [mosquitoes] are just causing a nuisance and they cannot cause malaria… they won't infect anyone with disease.” Has he ever been "attacked" by mosquitoes and been uncomfortable with all the itching? Imagine a small baby suffering like this. This man should definitely not be running any department, never mind health.

  • lekat1 - 2012-06-01 12:07

    Whose manageging this Hospital?Some fat cat drivivg expensive car.

  • Victor - 2012-06-01 12:09

    They are not pests they are our local affirmatives

  • Erna - 2012-06-01 12:10

    This government has no shame!

  • Carl - 2012-06-01 12:11

    Iam a fan of Lucky Dube.Do yourself a favour and listen to his one track called "I am a prisoner".....all they'll build will be prisons, they won't build no schools any more,they wont build no hospitals, all they'll build will be prisons , prisons....

      luytster - 2012-06-01 17:57

      HEY Boet, You forgot that number "The taxman"

  • Freddy - 2012-06-01 12:13

    when i read the top comment it made me think on christmas day on durban beach.hahahaha

  • Terence - 2012-06-01 12:15

    A kilo of pool chlorene and e few brooms would probably solve the problem. Sorry, I forget to add a good dash of common sense and a simplw work ethic on the part of the staff.

  • sonofoldman - 2012-06-01 12:18

    MEC What state is your house in, some what like the all of state hospitals FILTHY??? So if you or family get sick where do they run to?????let me guess a PRIVATE HOSPITAL. Why don't you just hire some White Domestic Workers to clean the FILTHY hospitals,before you pull the racist race card???

  • hsebolelo - 2012-06-01 12:19

    59 Billion goes to....\r\n Zwelithini..\r\n Some S-holes

  • Dave - 2012-06-01 12:19

    A law should be passed where the MPs of this country should be forced to use government hospitals and local schools for their children, then we might see an improvement.

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-06-01 12:57

      I.......... AGREE WHOLEHEARTLY

      luytster - 2012-06-01 17:59

      Absofekkinlootley. The queenie travels on normal trains and planes why cant our public servants

  • George - 2012-06-01 12:20

    What about the dignaty of the patients Jacob Zuma, or are you more important than your people! This makes me so angry!!!!! Get off your high horse Mr President & pay some attention to the important matters!!!!!

      Jacqui - 2012-06-01 12:37

      Gweorge, Zuma can't help you on this matter, he is far too busy with his painting and being re-elected.

      George - 2012-06-01 12:47

      Unfortunately you are correct.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-01 12:23

    Another product of White people and Apartheid of course. I wonder if the ANC can even remember the condition of the hospitals before they were taken over by incompetent cadres.

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-01 12:23

    Is this what is waiting for us when the National Health Insurance comes into being?. How primitive can you get. Yuck.

  • kasamkelo - 2012-06-01 12:26

    SAPA reporting style..........always not satisfactory, cut and paste all they good at.

  • Janette - 2012-06-01 12:29

    My mom had the misfortune of having to go to KING EDWARD last year and it was a mess, she was there for 4 weeks and the lifts, stairs, passages where not cleaned one. I say staff throw their chip pkts etc in the lifts and 4 weeks later the same ones were there. It is a disgusting , bably run hospital with very lazy ward staff. and it stinks

      Jacqui - 2012-06-01 12:39

      Janette, I hope your mother recovered. This hospital is disgusting.

  • Harald - 2012-06-01 12:35

    and the NHI is going to change this???? more taxes for ineffective, inefficient and corrupt depts... there will be no difference!! We pay enough....

  • Archie - 2012-06-01 12:38

    So who is the contractor?Family ties to whom?

  • Piet - 2012-06-01 12:40

    I bet this was never the case under the white government! I’m sick and tired! Why is EVERYTHING that falls under black rule always a complete mess-up!?!?!

      Bronwyn de la Hunt - 2014-06-10 12:41

      You really need to ask????

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-06-01 12:47


  • wesley.s.abboy - 2012-06-01 12:48

    all the older hospitals in durban will have the pest problem, especially the maternity and neonatal units becoz of their humidity and heat. Netcare St Augustine's, Life Westville, Netcare Parklands and Life Entabeni are some of the major private hospitals facing ants, coachroches, flies, sand lice, and rats to name a few due. Proper cleaning and pest control will solve the problems, but they are the least on the budget agendas. . . Remember the old phrase 'Cleanliness is next to godliness' . .its now 'what can the mp's pocket before what goes for the people'

  • max.maxwell - 2012-06-01 12:54

    So, mosquitoes are not a problem? Since when? Nice way to wiggle out of a problem - deny it exists! Oh wait! That's what the A.N.C. does! I am not surprised with the report - they should see the State Hospitals in our area!

      Maria - 2012-06-01 13:01

      Hope all the people who are complaining voted, otherwise you do not have a right to complain, make a differnce and vote.

      luytster - 2012-06-01 18:21

      That,s right Maria. We have to reach out and educate everyone in our circle of influence including our employees as to what democracy, accountability and the secret ballot is all about. a lot of the uninformed masses are not aware that your vote is a secret. Let us all work together and make SA the great nation that it should be. The ANC is just pulling a old trick out of the NATS hat and using race to get votes. Together we can get rid of this animal called corruption. and it starts with voter education.

  • Mark - 2012-06-01 13:01

    I like the headline - KZN hospital infested by pests - as it could be just as easily used in conjunction with Parliament, Luthuli House, the civil service, municipalities, Eskom, SABC, Postnet, Transnet, SADF, SAPS....... Nice one guys.

  • Victor - 2012-06-01 13:38

    100 million rand spent on an ANC party ?????????

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-01 16:54

      Yep - that's much more important than lives in hospitals.

      luytster - 2012-06-01 18:24

      Could have culled all the flippen rodents in SA with that money

  • Trevor - 2012-06-01 13:59

    We know this...because rats and cockroaches are running the show there

  • Juan - 2012-06-01 14:11

    The conditions not of a serious consern?? Obviously the MEC is not fit to hold office. Oh my God freaking unbelievable........

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-01 15:56

    And who mismanages that hospital???probably someone who has never designed the operation side of anything.

  • Gerhard - 2012-06-01 16:00

    Some years ago I had to spend 4 days in the Joburg Gen. At night, if you switched the lights on, millions of cockroaches fled for cover. None of the escalators were working etc. These hospital managers must be fired!!! This government with its policies is a threat to our personal health.