Nurses suspended after pregnant woman turned away from KwaZulu-Natal clinic, gives birth in taxi

2020-01-11 13:16
Hospital corridor. (iStock)

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Two nurses from Buxedene Clinic, near Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal, have been suspended for allegedly failing to assist a pregnant woman moments before she gave birth.

The woman later gave birth to a baby boy when the minibus taxi driver who took her to the clinic, helped to deliver the baby in the taxi on the side of the road.

According a previous News24 report, taxi driver Nhlonipho Zulu said the woman panicked and asked him to stop the taxi.

When he stopped the taxi, Zulu said he could see the baby's head crowning. The frantic woman asked him to try, by any means, to get her baby out.  After she gave birth, Zulu placed the child on the seat and asked the mother to make sure he didn't fall off.

He drove to some nearby local homesteads, where a group of elders helped him cut the umbilical cord and put the baby in a blanket. He then took them to a hospital.

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu said on Saturday: "The nurses have been accused of not only denying that the young woman was about to go into labour, but of being dismissive and using rude language, and also refusing to call an ambulance."

Simelane-Zulu said the suspension would "enable the investigation to take place without hindrance".

"Without pronouncing on the innocence or guilt of the accused, we hope that this swift and decisive action will send a strong message. We want all healthcare professionals who are planning to mistreat patients to be clear that they will not get away with it.

"Patients, just like healthcare workers, have rights which must be protected, respected and upheld at all times. If you misbehave, there will be consequences."

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