21 Life Esidimeni patients still missing
Twenty-one mental health patients who were part of the individuals transferred from Life Esidimeni healthcare facility to illegal NGOs are still missing.
Health MEC Gwen Ramogopa has issued a statement in which she is pleading with the public to assist South African Police Services as well as the Department of Health in finding 21 missing Life Esidimeni mental health patients.
According to the statement, the MEC says despite working with various state departments and law enforcement agencies, they are appealing to the public for help.
The department is determined to make headway in accounting for the remaining 21 discharged patients from Life Esidimeni.
Speaking to Xolani Gwala, Director for Mental Health at the Health Department in Gauteng Dr Kobie Marais says the 100 missing patients in February this year has been whittled down to 45 patients.
And we are currently sitting with 21 mental health care patients that we are not sure where they are.Dr Kobie Marais, Director for mental health at the Department of Health in Gauteng
She adds that the last 41 were found with their families.
She says it is possible that the 21 patients are living with their families, but the challenge is that these families may have moved thus having new addresses not registered with Life Esidimeni.
To weigh in on the conversation DA Shadow MEC for Health in Gauteng Jack Bloom says the worst case scenario is that some of these patients might have died and been buried in NGOs.
Unfortunately, there has to be a possibility and that is why I am pleased that the special investigative is also looking at this.Jack Bloom, DA Shadow MEC for Health in Gauteng
Listen below to the full interview:
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