MEC wants answers after pregnant women sleep on hospital floor

MEC wants answers after pregnant women sleep on hospital floor

- The Gauteng health boss has responded to a viral photo

- The image shows heavily pregnant women allegedly sleeping on the floor in Edenvale Hospital

- The province's health MEC said the conditions were "unacceptable"

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On Tuesday, a woman, who has now been identified as Brigett Hlongwane, took to social media to share a photo of pregnant ladies allegedly forced to sleep on the floor in Edenvale Hospital's labour ward.

According to Times LIVE, Hlongwane was one of the 15 pregnant women who were cramped into a room that fits only four people.

Briefly.co.za reported previously that Hlongwane took to social media to post a photo of the ladies sleeping on the floor and it infuriated Mzansi.

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The outrage prompted Gauteng health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku to respond to the photo. Masuku dubbed the conditions "unacceptable", adding the patients could get an infection or potential illness from laying on the floor.

"We need to plan better and respond quickly in facilities to avoid such situations,” said Masuku.

A nurse at the hospital, who chose to remain anonymous, said overcrowding has been a long-standing problem at the hospital.

“We have a crisis, really. We’ve had over 20 patients in one ward who had no beds in one go,” she said.

As for why heavily pregnant patients were not prioritised, the nurse said only management could make the decision, and, despite their complaints, the pleas fell on deaf ears.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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