Eastern Cape mom scorned by neighbours due to Covid-19 tells of the hospital nightmare that followed

Mother and daughter who separated in Covid-19 hospital (PHOTO: Louise Gubb/Getty Images)
Mother and daughter who separated in Covid-19 hospital (PHOTO: Louise Gubb/Getty Images)
Louise Gubb

Her child’s cries broke her heart. “Mommy, please don’t leave me alone,” the two-year-old wailed, clutching at her mother. Justine Ndube* (27) and her daughter Nonhle* tested positive for the coronavirus and their lives were turned upside down.

After being admitted to Dora Nginza Hospital in Zwide, Port Elizabeth, Justine and Nonhle were kept in separate wards and didn’t see each other for five long days.

“The day after the test, I received my results. An official from the health department promised she would take me into quarantine at the hospital, but that didn’t happen.”

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