Mtshweni-Tsipane promises thorough investigation after a three-weeks-old baby’s hand was amputated.

Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane recently visited with a three-week-old baby who had her hand amputated and her family at Witbank Hospital to monitor the baby’s recovery progress. Mtshweni-Tsipane also promised the family that a thorough investigation will be conducted.
It is alleged that the child was initially admitted for diarrhea at Bernice Samuel Hospital in Delmas and had to be transferred to Witbank hospital after complications which led to the amputation of the baby’s hand.
Mtshweni-Tsipane and Mpumalanga health MEC, Sasekani Manzini, have instigated an investigation on how the baby’s illness led to her having to lose her hand. The Premier promised that a preliminary report will be available by next week.
“While the investigation begins the medical staff involved should be suspended with immediate effect and we should get a preliminary report by next week. We need only the truth as to what happened, but we also need to make sure we support the family and offer counselling to the young mother and the rest of the family,” said the Premier.
“We condemn such unfortunate incidents at our health facilities that’s the reason the Premier and I as mothers ourselves saw it fit that we come here in person to show the family that they are not alone and that we committed in ensuring that they get justice for this baby,” said MEC Manzini.
The MEC said the department is working tirelessly to ensure efficiency at its health care facilities and they won’t rest until such is done.

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