The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) wants Johannesburg’s ailing Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, which is a regional hospital, to be reclassified as a tertiary-level hospital.
< span>The commission’s Gauteng head, Buang Jones, said the hospital’s reclassification could help solve its problems.
He and human rights commissioner Sithembiso visited Mdlalose the hospital on Monday.
Last month pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. In anopen letter, Tim de Maayer referred to “terrible conditions” published byDaily Maverick: “I wish , You could come to our department and see doctors trying to intubate children and do cardiopulmonary resuscitation with their cellphone flashlight. The power went out again. Or the newborn with a cold whose incubator went down due to the power outage [due to load shedding].
“I wish you could come and explain to the parents that their child urgently needs a computed tomography of the brain, but he has to wait, since our scanner has been broken for almost three months, Chris Hani Baragwanath is overflowing and Charlotte Maxeke had important parts of the scanner stolen.”
OnTwitter he wrote: “This letter is not a political statement. Instead, it’s a request. This hospital could be the envy of private hospitals with its current staff but without its infrastructure and supply problems. Our children deserve it.”
The letter earned the doctor a suspension.
The SAHRC held a meeting on Monday with senior staff and the CEO of the hospital Dr. Nozuko Mkabayi. They also visited the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to observe the challenges at the hospital.
Doctors at the NICU told commission staff that they were overworked and had room for patients
Jones said the commission’s concern is the plight of patients receiving healthcare in hospitals.
He commended De Maayer for speaking out in the public interest when he exposed the difficult conditions at the hospital.
< span>” But [it’s important] to also call for the reclassification of this hospital from a regional to a tertiary hospital so that they get enough budget. At the moment, the budget available to them is not sufficient to address the challenges they face.”
< span>The hospital was responsive to the issues raised by De Maayer and would submit a report to the commission.
“We will look at the report. We also intend to establish a monitoring mechanism through which the Commission will receive regular updates from the hospital and other stakeholders such as Joburg Water, City Power and the Gauteng Infrastructure Development Department.
< span>“Equipment issues are still challenging, backup generators and problems with water outages. We will assign the new head of the health ministry to take care of some of the issues,” he said.
The CEO had attempted to address some of the challenges after they entered 2021 entered the hospital, some of which predated her time.
Regarding his interaction with her, which took place behind closed doors, Jones said, “It was a painful meeting. She was dismissive, she didn’t understand that our process is designed to increase accountability to ensure there is a responsiveness on the part of the hospital to provide quality healthcare to patients.”
The Commission would continue to monitor the hospital regularly to ensure the promised corrective action was being taken.
On Friday Gauteng’s Health Ministry reinstated De Maayer.
His suspension shocked the medical profession and prompted a demonstration of support for him.
The suspension was lifted after Health MEC Dr. Nomathemba had met Mokgethi Mkabayi, Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Professor Ashraf Coovadia, and De Maayer.
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