Pretoria - The Gauteng health department on Wednesday said it was "thoroughly" probing the death of a newborn baby at the notorious Mamelodi Day Hospital in Pretoria, after the mother, a Zimbabwean national, was allegedly mistreated by nurses and forced to give birth whilst standing up.
"Upon learning about the incident, the Tshwane District Health management reacted swiftly by appointing a Clinical Specialist: Obstetrician and Gynaecologist to investigate the incident. In addition to this, the hospital has been in touch with the family and offered them psychological support," said Kwara Kekana, spokesperson for Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku.
"The department also notes the xenophobic comments alleged to have been made by one member of the staff. These allegations are being taken very seriously and being looked into. As a department, we condemn all forms of racism and discrimination, including xenophobia."
Kekana emphasised that the South African Bill of Rights "states unequivocally that access to healthcare is a basic human right and therefore, nobody should be denied access to healthcare in any of our facilities irrespective of nationality, race, class or gender".
Theresa Ngwendu, 30, was reportedly rushed to the hospital a week ago as she was going into labour.