Department of Health in Limpopo embarrassed after another child was born at the gate of the clinic!
By Success Lerobane
The Limpopo Department of Health is disappointed and embarrassed by the incident that happened during the early hours of this morning where a woman gave birth to a child at the gate of Ngwaabe Clinic in Sekhukhune District.
Spokesperson for Department of Health Neil Shikwambane says this is a second woman to do so at the same clinic in a space of ten days.
What is saddening is that this incident happens while the department was still investigating the circumstances surrounding the first incident.
The incident also happens despite the fact that the district officials met with the nursing staff and community members where the nursing staff signed a commitment in front of community members promising that they will be available to attend to cases of emergencies at night.
The clinic has 9 midwives, 3 staff nurses and 2 assistant nurses, but still on two counts, all of them were unavailable to assist these women on both occasions.
“It’s against this background that the department has suspended with immediate effect the Operational Manager of Ngwaabe Clinic. An interim Operational Manager has been appointed to resume duties with immediate effect.
“The department will not stand by and watch while people entrusted with the privilege to serve the downtrodden and vulnerable communities who have no other option outside the public health care system continue to public to the detriment of the lives of these community members.
“Equally the department wishes to call upon some individuals within organized labour to stop misleading health care professionals into neglecting their duties. The department appreciates the role of unions as its social partners.
“However employee must remember that they work for the department not the union,” Shikwambana told Giyani View.