New mother’s Joburg hospital nightmare

More cracks are beginning to show in Gauteng’s public health system as climbing Covid-19 cases continue filling up beds and waiting areas in hospitals, including Johannesburg’s Charlotte Maxeke Academic hospital, where a patient who claims she was horrified by her experience. Lutendo Kutama was discharged from the hospital’s maternity ward on Thursday, she claims, after enduring three days of hunger and trauma. Having carried her pregnancy to term she was referred to the hospital on the Friday 10 July by the Hillbrow Antenatal Clinic. Despite being an at-risk patient, whose high fever was flagged on arrival, she was not isolated…

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