Ex-MEC’s health is ‘de­te­ri­o­rat­ing’

Hos­pi­tal CEO visits Mo­sunkutu home

Sowetan - - News - By Pen­well Dlamini

For­mer Gaut­eng trans­port MEC Khabisi Mo­sunkutu’s con­di­tion is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing while he waits to re­ceive phys­io­ther­apy af­ter suf­fer­ing a stroke. This is ac­cord­ing to his wife Non­qaba Mo­sunkutu, who spoke to Sowe­tan yes­ter­day, mo­ments af­ter Gaut­eng health MEC Gwen Ramok­gopa said the mat­ter had been re­solved. “I have just given him his med­i­ca­tion. uPapa is not get­ting any bet­ter. His con­di­tion is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing and even to­day he has not re­ceived phys­io­ther­apy. We don’t know what to do,” said Mo­sunkutu. Sowe­tan re­ported on Wed­nes­day that Mo­sunkutu’s hus­band was re­fused treat­ment at the Chris Hani Barag­wanath Aca­demic Hos­pi­tal the day be­fore.

Mo­sunkutu, 64, said her 69year-old hus­band was re­fused treat­ment by a phys­io­ther­a­pist. She said they were al­ready in the con­sul­ta­tion room when the phys­io­ther­a­pist re­fused to as­sist them and “rudely” told them to go to South Rand Hos­pi­tal be­cause it is closer to their home in Ki­bler Park. Ramok­gopa said yes­ter­day

the mat­ter had been re­solved. “The CEO [of the hos­pi­tal] has com­mu­ni­cated with the fam­ily. I did com­mu­ni­cate with the wife and my un­der­stand­ing is that the mat­ter is re­solved. As Gaut­eng pub­lic health, we’ve been treat­ing Ntate Mo­sunkutu for many years, giv­ing him the best treat­ment that we give to other pa­tients. Even now, he was treated. The only is­sue was where he would do a fol­low-up for physio,” said Ramok­gopa. But Mo­sunkutu said her hus­band’s need for phys­io­ther­apy had not been re­solved. “There has not been any­thing that has been re­solved be­cause upapa has not re­ceived treat­ment as he was sup­posed to, hence I did not go to work,” she said. Mo­sunkutu has al­ready lodged a for­mal writ­ten com­plaint with the hos­pi­tal CEO about the treat­ment her hus­band was sub­jected to.

The for­mer MEC suf­fered a stroke in July and af­ter be­ing dis­charged at Charlotte Max­eke Jo­han­nes­burg Aca­demic Hos­pi­tal, was re­ferred to Bara for all fol­low-up treat­ment, in­clud­ing phys­io­ther­apy. Sowe­tan learnt late yes­ter­day that Bara hos­pi­tal CEO Dr Richard Le­bethe vis­ited Mo­sunkutu’s home to of­fer sup­port.

/ MDUDUZI NDZINGI

For­mer Gaut­eng trans­port MEC Khabisi Mo­sunkutu is given a drink by his wife Non­qaba Mo­sunkutu.

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