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11 April 2021

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane learnt with shock and disappointment of an incident involving a three-weeks-old baby, the unfortunate incident occurred at Bernice Samuel Hospital in Delmas at the Victor Khanye Local Municipality.

The Premier together with MEC for Health Sasekani Manzini today visited the child and the family at Witbank Hospital to give them support, monitor the baby’s recovery progress and to assure the family that they don’t take what has happened lightly.

The three-weeks old baby was admitted for diarrhoea at Bernice Samuel Hospital and had to be transferred to Witbank hospital after complications which led to the amputation of the baby’s hand.

The Premier has assured the family that a thorough investigation will be conducted. “While the investigation begins the medical staff involved should be suspended with immediate effect and we should get a preliminary report by next week. We need only the truth as to what happened, but we also need to make sure we support the family and offer counselling to the young mother and the rest of the family,” said the Premier.

Both the Premier and MEC agree that as government they should take full responsibility of what has happened while a proper investigation is conducted. “We condemn such unfortunate incidents at our health facilities that’s the reason the Premier and I as mothers ourselves saw it fit that we come here in person to show the family that they are not alone and that we committed in ensuring that they get justice for this baby,” said MEC Manzini.

The MEC said the department is working tirelessly to ensure efficiency at its health care facilities and they won’t rest until such is done.

Issued by Sibongile Mkani-Mpolweni
Spokesperson: Mpumalanga Premier
Mpumalanga Provincial Government
Office of the Premier

Tel: (013) 766 2453
Mobile: 082 967 2138
E-mail: mpolwenis@prem.mpg.gov.za

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