Kids must not die of avoidable diseases, says Zweli Mkhize

The new Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize visited the Mamelodi Hospital on Thursday.

The visit comes after Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku went to the hospital following numerous complaints of ill-treatment of patients by medical staff.

The hospital came under the spotlight after 76-year-old Martha Marais was captured on camera being cuffed to a steel bench while forced to lie down on the floor at the hospital.

Speaking to Ray White, Eyewitness News reporter Thando Khubeka says the minister did a hospital walkabout.

READ: Family of elderly woman abused at Mamelodi Hospital lays charges

The newly elected minister visited the hospital as part of the Child Protection Week. He said more needs to be done to decrease the number of deaths of children who die of avoidable diseases.

Thando Khubeka, Reporter, Eyewitness News

ALSO READ: Stop blaming nurses and await Mamelodi Hospital incident probe, says Denosa

He also says a lot needs to be done to improve the quality of health to vulnerable people, which included mothers and children.

Thando Khubeka, Reporter, Eyewitness News

Commenting on the incident involving Marth Marais, Khubeka said the minister said he is pleased with the investigation progress so far.

He says no one has to go through what Martha Marais went through. He says he is pleased about what the health MEC in Gauteng has done so far to address the situation.

Thando Khubeka, Reporter, Eyewitness News

Listen to the full interview below...


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