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.

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