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Watch | ‘I am dying’ – footage from KZN ‘hospital of horrors’ sparks outcry

The hospital in question is believed to be the Wentworth facility. Patients in cramped wards can be heard wailing in agony - with no assistance available.

Government officials in KZN have been urged to act rapidly to identify the source of a video uploaded online this weekend, which depicted the squalid conditions faced by some inpatients. The facility is believed to be based in Wentworth, and the grim shortages of hospital beds and available healthcare workers have been laid bare.

HOSPITAL OF HORRORS IN KZN – WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

The footage surfaced on Saturday, and has been doing the rounds over the past 48 hours. A packed ward is left unattended as patients can be heard wailing in agony, with some complaining about a shortness of breath. It is not made clear how many of these ill persons have been diagnosed with COVID-19. But the clip does show us the following:

  • Several patients can be seen in deep distress.
  • One patient is noticeably short of breath, in extreme anguish, pleading for assistance.
  • A group of people can be seen slumped over in chairs, or sleeping on the floor, due to a lack of beds.
  • No hospital workers, doctors, or nurses are seen throughout the video.
  • One of the women featured can be heard shouting; ‘I am going to die here’.

WATCH: PATIENTS ALLEGEDLY IN WENTWORTH LEFT IN AGONY

DA CAMPAIGN FOR WENTWORTH PROBE

Rishigen Viranna is the DA’s Spokesperson for Health in KZN. The doctor has condemned the ‘horrifying scenes’, lamenting the basic denial of human rights. Viranna has made the relevant authorities aware of these clips, and the DA is pushing for an immediate investigation to help address this perilous situation.

“The DA is horrified by this video. While we understand that KZN’s healthcare system is extremely stretched, the conditions and lack of patient care are completely unacceptable, inhumane, and possibly unconstitutional. Section 27 of the South African Constitution confirms the right to access proper health care.”

“The current situation within our province’s healthcare institutions is first and foremost the result of years of mismanagement, further exacerbated by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The DA has forwarded this video to MEC Simelane-Zulu and Dr Tshabalala, and has called for an immediate probe into this incident and for full accountability.”

Rishigen Viranna – The South African

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