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Pregnant Women Slept On Hospital Floor For Many Days As Foreigners Allegedly Occupy Beds

South Africans are very angry over videos making round on social media showing a pregnant South African lady who slept on the hospital floor for many days as foreigners were accused of occupying most of the hospital beds, leaving no space for her. News24 reported that, “Video footage showing pregnant women sleeping on the floor for more than three days at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg has caused outrage”. The issue is now trending, and many people have shown concern in the case. But some social media users have said it was not foreigners who occupied the bed spaces, but rather, the beds are insufficient and could not go around for all the pregnant women. An activist and social media user shared the video on Twitter, which led to outrage. It was reported that City of Johannesburg mayoral committee member for health and social development Ashley Sauls visited the hospital in the early hours of Saturday to survey the situation.

The CEO was interviewed by journalists, and he reported that the situation was caused as a result of increase in the number of patients that they are admitting to the hospital. He noted that it was not due to foreigners invading the hospital, but increase in the number of patients. According to News24, Nozuko Mkabayi, the hospital's CEO, told reporters that they had seen an increase in patient load with no increase in infrastructure development". Even now, across different social media sites, the video footage depicting the pregnant women sleeping on the floor at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg is causing serious outrage. The truth according to information on the ground is that the women were sleeping on the floor due to a lack of hospital beds. The Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital are around 70-years-old. The hospital may have admitted foreigners, but they were not responsible for the shortage of hospital beds.


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