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sahrc thumb medium90 90TimesLIVE reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says no action has been taken against officials who allegedly turned away a heavily pregnant woman who ended up giving birth outside a clinic in Pretoria.  

Gauteng manager at the commission, Buang Jones, indicated on Monday that the Stanza Bopape Community Health Centre in Mamelodi was not up to standard.  "There is no proper ventilation, the clinic does not have a quality assurance manager.  The manager of the facility was conveniently not present," said Jones after visiting the clinic on Monday.  He indicated that there were many challenges "as the maternity ward is too small.  No filing system.  Staff shortage.  Maternity ward only has eight beds.  Only two midwives and a student nurse.  No administrative support, [they] only have one computer."  Bopape went on to remark that some nurses were burnt out, while there was no doctor at the facility and patients were not assessed prior to treatment.  Elina Maseko was on her way to hospital on 30 June when the car she was travelling in ran out of petrol close to the clinic.  She was allegedly turned away without being examined and told to go to Mamelodi Hospital.  Maseko then gave birth outside the clinic with the assistance of a relative.  She is recovering well and the baby is healthy.  The commission as well as the Gauteng health department launched investigations into the incident.

  • Read the full original of Kgaugelo Masweneng’s report in the above regard at TimesLIVE
  • Read too, Tshwane District Hospital cleared of wrongdoing in homeless man's death, at Independent News


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