Malawian turned away from KZN hospital - claim

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Durban - An injured Malawian man was allegedly denied medical care at the RK Khan Hospital in Durban last week.

DA MPL Dr Rishigen Viranna alleged the Malawian man was turned away by the hospital's nursing staff despite his injuries at the hands of locals.

The Department of Health said patients are given priority according to their medical condition. It said it cannot give special attention or discriminate in favour of or against any patients, regardless of their nationality.

The DA statement said the man, from the Bottlebrush informal settlement, managed to escape his attackers and was taken by friends to RK Khan Hospital.

'Not enough medication for foreigners'

It is alleged that on arrival at around midnight the man was denied access to treatment by nursing staff who said, “There isn’t enough medication in the hospital to be given to foreigners.”

He was then taken to the Chatsworth Transit Camp, Westcliff, where he stayed in a tent for two days.

It is further claimed that an ambulance was only called to take him to hospital when news spread that government ministers were due at the camp.

“The DA regards the denial of urgent medical intervention as totally unacceptable and unconstitutional,” said Viranna. “I have spoken to senior management of RK Khan Hospital who appear unaware of the incident and expressed shock that such action had taken place.”

Spokesperson for the KZN Department of Health Sam Mkhwanazi said the department is not aware of any patient being turned away.

“The department would like to urge those who are making these allegations to furnish it with contact details of the patient in question. This would assist in ensuring that he receives treatment; as well as to identify the medical practitioner who allegedly turned him away for purposes of an internal investigation.”

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