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article imageS.African Officials To Investigate Decomposing Patient Case

By Christopher Szabo     Jan 7, 2010 in Health
Eastern Cape Health Department officials have launched an investigation into the death of a patient who died in a hospital and was only found five days later.
The Daily Dispatch newspaper’s website said the decomposing body of the man was found locked in a doctor’s consulting room in Saint Elizabeth Regional Hospital in Lusikisiki after concerned family members made inquiries.
The report said the department’s investigation was expected to take two weeks. The department has also not released the name or cause of death of the deceased.
Health Department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said the keys of the room and some bread were found with the deceased inside the room.
We condemn such misconduct and hospital managers who don’t want to manage will have shape up or ship out. We expect hospitals to provide quality services to the people. Whether it’s the manager or even ordinary workers, the department will take action against the culprits.
Kupelo said the provincial representative, Phumulo Masualle intended to reverse the situation in the poverty stricken province.
There are genuine challenges that the department needs to address. We will act decisively against staff and heads will roll.
South Africa's Eastern Cape Province, situated along the coastal region in the south east of the country, is the home of many leading lights in the South African government and former president Nelson Mandela is also from the province, yet it remains a backwater desperately needing development.
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