Monkeys in an RK Khan ward.
LETTER - The IFP demands answers on what progress has been made by the KZN Department of Health to deal with a troop of monkeys that are invading the wards and other parts of RK Khan Hospital.

The monkeys are wreaking havoc in KZN hospitals including King George and Wentworth hospitals. Earlier this year, the department received similar complaints and promised to address the problem, but nothing has happened.

To this day, the IFP is being inundated by complaints from many concerned patients and their relatives, even on social media, about monkeys invading wards and stealing food.

It is disturbing that the management has not acted quickly on this matter because monkeys do not only steal food but also compromise the sterile environment that is expected at a health facility where patients are fighting for their lives.

This is an indication that the Health MEC does not conduct oversight visits and has left the hospital management and the head of department with no oversight.

It is obvious that the hospital management has failed to perform their allocated duties and are not hands on in monitoring what is happening at such a critical public facility.

How long does it take for this hospital management to make the “alleged bids” for companies to come and intervene in this matter because a co-founder of Monkey Helpline said they had been in contact with the hospital and offered solutions but the management had not shown the will and intent to implement them.

Patients are not expecting anything from the hospital management or the department but to stop these monkeys from entering the hospital wards once and for all.

The IFP demands that KZN MEC of Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo present a detailed plan to prevent the monkeys from entering hospital precincts.

The Mercury