Limpopo Department of Health respond to circulating videos of a patient admitted at Maphutha Malatjie Hospital

LIMPOPO- Limpopo department of health has noted disturbing videos of an old story circulating and would like to reassure the public that the matter is being attended to and being addressed. This is an unfortunate incident of a 84 year old female patient who was admitted at Maphuta Malatjie hospital with a history of Cerebral Vascular Accident(CVA) on the 30th September as a referral from a clinic.

On admission the patient was not ambulatory and she was also bedridden due to her condition. The patient couldn’t feed, bath, walk or talk. An NG tube was inserted for feeding purposes. A urinary catheter was also inserted during admission. It is common in patients with her condition to keep their oral cavity open risking chances of flies accessing it hence a surgical mask was recommended.

The patient was discharged and upon arrival home, the granddaughter called the MEC directly and raised serious concerns of them as a family observing maggots from the patient’s oral cavity. The MEC intervened immediately, the patient was admitted and seen by the multidisciplinary team including the Dentist who excluded any oral cavity lesions. It was then concluded clinically that the patient had maggots infested oral cavity due to poor oral hygiene.

A team from the district was immediately dispatched to conduct investigations. Action is being taken based on the preliminary report by the hospital management while investigations are continuing. The patient is currently stable and receiving care.

The patient’s daughter who is also an employee of Maphuta Malatjie hospital has 24 hour access to the patient. The granddaughter who is the main complainant has been granted access to the patient. The family was provided debriefing and counseling through our departmental clinical psychologist and these psychotherapy services are continuing at no costs to the family.

“As a department we cannot give further details of the case since it’s now a labor relations matter and we want to avoid subjecting those involved a court of public opinion and allow them a fair hearing.It will also be fair to allow the department to attend to the matter without any interference.”