Outrage As KwaMashu Patient Dies While Queueing Outside of a Clinic Since 5 AM

Outrage As KwaMashu Patient Dies While Queueing Outside of a Clinic Since 5 AM

  • A patient who was waiting to be treated at a clinic in KwaMashu, Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, died while in line
  • The patient was allegedly waiting for treatment since the early morning, and community members witnessed him die
  • A Department spokesperson spoke to Briefly News
  • South Africans were livid that the patient had to die while waiting for treatment and slammed the poor service delivery in the healthcare system

Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered accidents, outbreaks, nature and natural disaster-related incidents at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News for seven years.

A patient died while waiting for treatment at the KwaMashu clinic in Durban
Mzansi was angry after a patient died in front of witnesses at the KwaMashu clinic. Images: Nkosiyapha Makhoba/Facebook and Ivan Pantic/Getty Images. The image is used for illustrative purposes only.
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KWA-MASHU, DURBAN – South Africans were furious after a patient who was waiting to be treated at a clinic in KwaMashu in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, died while still in the line.

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KwaMashu patient dies outside clinic

According to @newzroom405, the patient had been waiting for treatment since 5 AM on 22 April. The patient was allegedly in severe pain and went straight to the casualty ward of the clinic.

However, witnesses claimed that security guards chased him out and told him to join the queue. The patient allegedly died while waiting in the queue. One of the witnesses said he was angered by how the security guards chased the man out.

Spokesperson speaks to Briefly News

Briefly News reached out to a spokesperson in the department, and he sent a statement.

"The Department would like to urge healthcare users and/or their relatives to understand the importance of presenting to health facilities during the early stages of illness to allow doctors and nurses to make timeous interventions. This will help to avoid serious complications which may lead to fatalities."

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He refused to budge when asked for a comment on public concerns that clinics and hospitals allegedly provided.

"We would like to stick to the statement for now," he said.

Mzansi was angered by poor service delivery

The man's death left South Africans on X angry.

MK's Ntobeko Zungu said:

"I hope we can look at employing g process improvement specialists in our public healthcare system to unlock efficiencies."

SondeziNH said:

"You can find poor service in every clinic. They work at a slow pace, so there can be a lot of patients, making it look as if they are working when they are not."

Sir_MH said:

"It's a norm in the north of KZN, especially Bethesda Hospital. You can go there with a headache and may not return."

Kwena Mokgalaka Seanego said:

"Life under the ANC government."

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Source: Briefly News

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