In April, Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, the wife of the late King Zwelithini Goodwill passed away at Milpark hospital in Johannesburg. Earlier this year, Minister Jackson Mthembu also succumbed to Covid-19 at Milpark hospital in Johannesburg. Many other politicians and well-known people from neighboring countries also died at Milpark.
This afternoon, Shona Ferguson, the husband of Connie Ferguson died due to Covid-19 related complications.
This has left many people devastated, including EFF president Julius Malema. On his verified Twitter Account, Julius Malema has accused Milpark hospital of being overrated, and many of his followers agree with him. Andile Lungisa, the former Nelson Mandela Bay councilor alleges that no one comes back alive from Milpark hospital although it is a suggested private hospital with good doctors.
Malema's followers say that Shona was as fit as a fiddle, went to Milpark hospital, and has now departed. Others say that people are dying at Milpark hospital and it has become a slaughterhouse, that Shona had chest pains but because he went to Milpark, he lost his lives yet they did not lose their lives because they avoided Milpark.
However, according to the public's opinion, the medical staff work overtime to help save lives and no matter how much money one has to afford the best medical attention, there is nothing more they can do if a patient loses his/her life. They add that no money can buy a person's life.
Shona's death has devastated many people, granted. This, however, does not mean medical personnel should be blamed. During the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was all about making money and not people's lives. There were funds allocated for PPE and ventilators but corrupt cadres looted these funds. People blamed the ANC for the loss of lives. They now blame hospitals.
In my opinion, healthcare workers are working overtime and have been pleading with the public to adhere to Covid-19 health protocols to avoid being diagnosed with Covid-19. They are always up on their feet trying to save lives, even though hospitals are full and there are no beds or sufficient ventilators and other medical equipment.
Yes, we all wish that Shona was still alive but this does not mean that Milpark hospital should take the blame. People will always find someone or something to blame when they are grieving, even hospitals.
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