RUSTENBURG - North West Health member of the executive council (MEC) Madoda Sambatha wants drastic actions taken after a newborn baby was placed in a warmer only to be discovered later badly burned at the Mahikeng Provincial Hospital.
"It is unacceptable that our people are subjected to this kind of treatment. We have been entrusted with taking care of the lives of our people and the most vulnerable members of our society," Sambatha said on his visit to the hospital on Thursday.
"It is shocking that some of our health professionals are careless about the lives of our people in the Mahikeng Provincial Hospital. Such people must face consequences for negligence of their duties and patients. I am determined to restore a sense of service in this hospital and anyone who neglects the call for service must be ready to face serious actions."
The hospital arranged a specialised service at a private facility in Pretoria for the baby and mother, following Sambatha's intervention, but the baby died en-route to the private facility.
He visited the hospital accompanied by the Health and Social Development Committee chairperson Priscilla Williams to follow up on recent patient complaints.