Nurses threaten to assault patient
SITEKI - Drama unfolded at the Siteki Public Health Centre yesterday afternoon when two nurses threatened to assault a patient who was complaining after patients were left unattended for more than three hours.
According to the patients, nurses at the health centre ceased operating at mid-day and went for lunch.
Upon returning from lunch the nurses announced that they were going to a meeting whose duration they could not estimate.
This is said to have agitated patients more especially those who had been queuing since morning.
A female patient is said to have approached two nurses and demanded that they treat her or else refund her since she had already paid a consultation fee.
A verbal showdown allegedly ensued between the patient and the two nurses resulting in the nurses threatening to assault the patient.
"The two nurses became angry such that they threatened to beat up the patient. She was saved by the intervention of other patients who rebuked the nurses and further lambasted them for their behaviour," said a witness.
Matron at the Health Centre, Sister Sibongile Simelane arrived after the skirmish and apologised to the patients.
The matron explained that nurses were having a meeting adding that two nurses had been instructed to attend to patients while the meeting continued.
She further urged patients to always report to her any ill-treatment from the nurses.
"You were supposed to call me during the verbal showdown. These reports of ill-treatment of patients are not good because they come back to hurt us as the administration of the health centre," she said.
Regional Health Inspector, Makinati Shabangu, also condemned the nurses actions, which he termed unprofessional.
He promised to further investigate the matter.
- It is high time that our health institutions be strictly monitored! If you have ever been to public hospitals you might relate with this: Nurses and doctors are actually careless. Sick people wait in long ques for a very long time without being attend to. The service in our hospitals is poor. And nurses do not care about patients, some even die while waiting...Who will help Swaziz from this torture? BUT GOD SEES EVERYTHING!!!
August 15, 2012, 3:33 pm, Mandla Shabangu (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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