Health MEC Sindiswa faces another Covid-19 headache after Member of Parliament
Nqabayomzi Kwankwa’s aunt died, allegedly after being turned away at four state health facilities.
Kwankwa, the UDM’s deputy president and chief whip, has written a letter to premier Oscar
Mabuyane describing how his aunt, Nomathamsanqa Banzi, was sent from pillar to post before her final moments.
Kwankwa says Grey Provincial, Bhisho Provincial and SS Gida hospitals were negligent in dealing with his aunt’s case, Health MEC Sindiswa under heat.
According to him, she was referred to SS Gida in Keiskammahoek after being taken
to the Dimbaza clinic on May 3.
Kwankwa said a doctor had told the family that his aunt had tested positive for the virus on April 20, but subsequent tests done on April 30 and May 3 had returned negative
Nkwankwa said Banzi, accompanied by an unnamed cousin of Kwankwa, had been admitted to Grey Provincial Hospital after suffering breathing difficulty.
Health MEC Sindiswa is concerned. It was said she was tested here and found to be positive. On April 10 she was discharged because the hospital was to undergo fumigation. The cousin then returned Banzi to her Ginsberg home, where she was visited by family and friends.
A day later she was admitted to Grey Hospital again, diagnosed with tuberculosis and “placed in an open ward”.