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HOSPITAL HORROR:Patients sleep on the floor.

Patients at Witbank General Hospital are reportedly treated while lying on the floor due to a lack of available beds.

They are patients at a hospital, yet they are forced to sleep on the floor, benches, or curled up in wheelchairs since there is no other place for them to go.

They have been treated on the floor ever since they were admitted since no beds have been assigned to them.

There has been coverage on social media in the form of videos and images depicting the circumstances at the Witbank General Hospital in Mpumalanga. According to the patients, this has been going on for a considerable amount of time.

One of the patients revealed to the Daily Sun that he had been sleeping on the floor for many days.

He said, "It does not seem that my circumstance will improve any time in the near future." Another patient said that she had serious concerns about her life. "I have seen things in this hospital that are beyond my ability to articulate. One ought to be thankful for being able to leave this place alive, seeing as how once you enter this place, you are essentially signing your own death certificate. The circumstances continue to deteriorate on a daily basis.

He said that it was difficult to sleep on the chilly and hard floor.

It is impossible for me to travel anywhere. I am now jobless. I depend on the services provided by the public health system," he said.

It is also said that the medical facility had regular water outages. She said that even if their families have relocated them, they would not be able to transport them to other hospitals due to the high expense of doing so.

George Lukhele, a prominent member of the community, said that they were informed that the hospital will be transformed into a tertiary health facility. He said that he did not have any hope that things would get better in the future. Because individuals in this province are unconcerned about the issues facing this institution, "national attention" is required.

Dumisani Malamule, a spokeswoman for the health department, said that they are aware of the videos and photographs that have been posted on social media. He said that the Witbank Hospital was a tertiary hospital that offered emergency treatments provided by specialists.

Referrals come from all of the many social media platforms that are now proliferating. He said that those who did not need immediate attention sat on the benches.

Hospitals in the Gert Sibande and Nkangala district respectively.

He said that people with non-urgent conditions would have to wait while physicians attended to those with urgent conditions. During the time when the physicians were attending to the most urgent patients, nobody sat on the benches.

"None urgent patients are those who could be seen at local clinics and Impungwe Hospital but opt to bypass these facilities and come to Witbank Hospital," he added.

Patients needing medical care are now being transferred to the Impungwe hospital as a result of the closing of our historic structure.

The patients are seated on wheelchairs and stretchers while they wait to be transported.

The Department has been spreading awareness among the residents of Emalahleni about what type of a threat the

hospital Witbank is, and they have to go to the clinics or the Impungwe district hospital that is the closest to them.

People who visit this hospital are often without jobs and are unable to afford treatment at one of the town's two private hospitals. "There is no one else here to help us," he said.

According to him, the hospital has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, and the government has never been able to adequately handle the issues.

Source:https://www.dailysun.co.za/dailysun/news/hospital-horror-patients-sleep-on-the-floor-20220614

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