The Health Department has banned staff involved in tying a woman to a chair at Gauteng's Mamelodi Hospital from any interaction with patients.
Briefly.co.za reported that horrific photos were posted on social media on Wednesday which showed a gogo tied to a chair with her hand behind her back in the hospital. The instruction to cease staff-patient interaction follows an initial investigation on Thursday into the incident the department described as "brutal".
Newly-elected Minister of Health, Dr. Zweli Mhize released a statement condemning the incident.
"At face value, it appears that the patient was ill-treated and the standard operating procedure was not followed to the letter."
Earlier, Gauteng Health Department spokesperson, Lesemang Matuka, said the department was made aware of the incident yesterday.
A post on social media stated that hospital staff had allegedly tied her to the chair. She was allegedly forced to lie on the cold floor since Tuesday night.
MEC of Health in Gauteng, Dr Bandile Masuku, has visited the hospital to demand answers and also to show support to the patients.
A full investigation is to be carried out. The ministry said sub-standard care would not be tolerated.
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