“Patients are left for dead at Atlantis Day Hospital”

Refilwe Moloto speaks with Cape Colored Congress Advisor Stacey Davids about the dire state of Cape Town’s Atlantis Day Hospital, which is facing shortages of staff, medical care and equipment.

A series of challenges continue to plague the South African public health system which affects the most vulnerable in society.

Refilwe Moloto speaks with Cape Colored Congress adviser Stacey Davids about the worrying state of Cape Town’s Atlantis Day Hospital – which is facing shortages of staff, medical care and equipment.

Davids says conditions at the hospital are not meeting the needs of his community.

The counselor says she has seen how patients have been left for dead due to a lack of urgent care and attention at the facility.

She adds that the waiting period for medical care is four hours, sometimes even two days, because the establishment is sorely understaffed.

Patients are sitting outside and waiting two days for support, from no medicine – back and forth – to getting the wrong medicine. Patients are dying, the situation is bad.

Stacey Davids, Cape Colored Congress Advisor

Davids attempted to report the life-threatening conditions at the hospital to the appropriate authorities.

She describes how she contacted Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo while visiting Atlantis and invited her to see what was going on at the hospital during Youth Month.

Davids says the MEC refused his advances:

I sent her the screenshots of where patients were complaining on Facebook about the quality of services and she blatantly ignored it. She never came to Atlantis. She was present at Youth Day celebrations, dancing there with the residents, but she never came to the hospital.

Stacey Davids, Cape Colored Congress Advisor

The government’s solutions are to build an additional clinic or renovate the hospital to allow for greater capacity, Davids says.

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