Calls for Action to Be Taken at Tembisa Hospital After Patient Dies

Calls for Action to Be Taken at Tembisa Hospital After Patient Dies

- The SA health ombudsman has called on disciplinary action to be taken against 19 staff members at Tembisa hospital after a patient said that he had not eaten while in their care

- The young patient who tested positive for Covid-19 last year, tweeted Health Minister Zweli Mkhize about the poor conditions at the Tembisa hospital

- Dr Mkhize then prompted the health ombudsman, Dr Malegapuru Makgoba to look into Tembisa hospital

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Before his death, a patient at Tembisa hospital had complained that he had not been fed for over 48-hours. Taking to Twitter, the young man, Shonisani Lethole, tried his last hope to get help at the hospital by tweeting to SA Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize.

"@DrZweliMkhize, Mkhize can I respond to your tweets if the problems I have at one of your facilities continue it's becoming unbearable and they don't seem to care. Didn't eat for 48 hours," wrote Lethole who unfortunately died a few days later.

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According to reports, after Lethole's death, Mkhize launched a complaint with the health ombudsman Dr Malegapuru Makgoba who then started an investigation into the hospital and found that they had rendered substandard care to the 30-year old to a point that it may be considered negligent.

Dr Makgopa, according to a Timeslive article, has now recommended that the 19 Tembisa staff members on duty the evening that Lethole was admitted, be subjected to disciplinary action, adding that the long time taken for Lethole to receive medical attention was inexplicable.

Calls for Action to Be Taken at Thembisa Hospital After Patient Dies
Lethole died shortly after being neglected at a Thembisa hospital. Images: @LetholeMs
Source: Twitter also reported that a South African man recently experienced something that many children dread - the death of a parent. Heading to Twitter, ThamiNkosi shared a heartbreaking post about his mom who was feeling very ill.

The very next day, he unfortunately once again headed to Twitter, this time to bid his mom a very heartbreaking farewell. His post included both broken-hearted and crying faces emoji's which made it even more touching.

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"I'm not Okay. My mom is SICK!," he wrote on January 25. The very next day he wrote: "Rest easy mama."

His moved followers reacted to the post over 4 000 times. Many of them also headed to the comment section to share messages of support and condolences.

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