Hos­pi­tal un­fair to griev­ing fam­ily

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A lady from Port El­iz­a­beth, Noliso­lethu Zozi, trag­i­cally passed away on New Year’s Eve at the Port Al­fred Hos­pi­tal.

Her fam­ily is griev­ing and were told to come to the hos­pi­tal on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 2 to have the body re­leased.

How­ever, when they ar­rived, they were told that the per­son in charge of reg­is­ter­ing deaths was still on leave and not avail­able.

This means no reg­is­tra­tion of death is pos­si­ble and the body can­not be re­leased.

To the fam­ily it seems strange that only one per­son has ac­cess to the sys­tem to reg­is­ter deaths. The fam­ily is still in mourn­ing and are now left feel­ing an­gry that there was no back-up for the per­son on leave.

Hav­ing spo­ken to a doc­tor at the hos­pi­tal, he told me that this sit­u­a­tion has been go­ing on for a long time.

Zozi’s fam­ily have to re­turn to Port El­iz­a­beth af­ter the hol­i­day and will now need to travel back to Port Al­fred when the death has been reg­is­tered. This is very un­fair and has not only caused a great deal of dis­ap­point­ment and frus­tra­tion but is also un­ac­cept­able that a sin­gle per­son could de­lay the process.

As a church min­is­ter, I call upon the health de­part­ment to in­ter­vene and im­prove health care at the hos­pi­tal.

This ap­pears to be a man­age­ment is­sue and must be sorted out im­me­di­ately to pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing again to some­one else.

At this time, we are also un­sure as to when the hos­pi­tal will ful­fil its du­ties so we can be­gin the funeral prepa­ra­tions.

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