Baby dies waiting for ambulance
An anonymous community member who witnessed the death of a 17-month-old baby when an ambulance took six hours to arrive at the Bengu Clinic in Mtonjeni village in Cacadu last Wednesday, has lodged a complaint against the health department.
The concerned community member said the child had been vomiting and struggling to breathe and that three follow-up calls were made while they waited for the ambulance.
The witness, who said this was not the first incident where an ambulance had taken an inordinately long time to arrive at the village, demanded to know why it took so long that a child had died.
“The first call was made at 11.50am and we were told the ambulance was coming. “At 3.55pm we were told the ambulance was on its way from Frontier Hospital and when we phoned again at 4.30pm, we were told the ambulance was on the way.
“The child died at 5.25pm and the ambulance arrived at 6pm.”
The witness said it was essential that ambulances arrive timeously when called and that the health department should address the issue.
The department of health promised to respond to allegations that the ambulance had taken six hours to arrive on the scene, but nothing had been sent to The Rep by the time of going to press.