Critical patients discharge themselves to get passports
Amother’s desperation to ensure that her critical son gets needed medical attention nearly cost him his life. A young boy was admitted at the Mbabane Government Hospital for an undisclosed illness and preparations to get him specialised medical help in South Africa could have ended his life in the absence of intervention by paramedics.
This is a situation which befell a mother who had to make a decision to take her child off Mbabane Government Hospital machinery in order to enable him to get a passport which would enable him passage to the neighbouring country.
On Thursday morning, at around 9am, a young mother’s frantic cries for help were noted by paramedics who were driving past in a government registered ambulance.
Due to her reluctance to engage the media, presumably from the shock of the incident, it could not be ascertained whether the young mother was on her way to the ministry of home affairs or returning from there.
However, she was found near the junction situated in front of the blood bank, about 200 metres from the hospital’s old main entrance.
The situation called for the paramedics to stop in the middle of the road, remove oxygen canisters from the back while assisting the child estimated to be less than a year old to breathe.
The whole occurrence took less than 10 minutes and the two were subsequently taken back to the hospital.
When asked about this phenomenon, Director of Health Services Dr Vusi Magagula said despite passports being the prerogative of the ministry of home affairs, procedure called for the hospital to organise accompanying nursing staff as well as an ambulance to take a patient to the ministry to get a passport.
He said he would investigate the matter further to ascertain reasons behind the mother taking the risk.
The officer (l) with two store attendants waiting for more mealie-meal which was being fetched by the man wearing a hat while the other one lifts a bag into the back seat.
It took 10 minutes for the attendants to normalise the child’s breathing before rushing him to the hospital.