Women Sleep On The Hospital For Up To 16 Days While Waiting To Deliver Babies Via C-section


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Pregnant women at Dora Nginza hospital in Port Elizabeth are fearing for their unborn babies' lives as they have to wait for over two weeks waiting for help to go to theater for C-section delivery.

The hospital's overflowing maternity ward has heavily pregnant women sleeping on the floor where they have been waiting for up to 16 days to deliver their babies via caesarean. 

Nurses at the hospital are reportedly on day 5 of a go-slow. The nurses are crying foul over the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and they fear contracting Covid-19 while caring for infected patients.

Several people have slammed the nurses for neglecting desperate women in need of emergency medical care.

"Those nurses are a disgrace they have no respect for human life, a go-slow in maternity?"

@CathyMohlahlane This is completely unacceptable.. expectant mothers made to sleep on concrete floors?

Meanwhile, several members of the public have blamed the Eastern Cape health department, heavily criticizing it for not caring for health workers.

"More and more health workers are getting infected by the coronavirus and the government does not care about them. Why is the government not prioritizing them?"

The novel coronavirus has so far infected over 3,583 healthcare workers in South Africa, and 34 of them have died, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday.

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