While the bodies of the deceased from the TB Joshua Synagogue Church of All Nations remain in Lagosian mortuaries, a claim has been made that existing ICU patients at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria were moved to make way for arriving survivors.
Hendrick - a John Robbie Show caller - expressed his frustrations about his now deceased cousin who he says was moved from that hospital's intensive care unit:
My cousin was admitted to Steve Biko Academic Hospital to have her kidney removed. She was put in high care and after two days, they told her she has to be moved out to make space for the victims of that Nigerian building collapse. Her being taken out of intensive care resulted in her getting an infection in her open wounds. Last night, she was sent home in extreme pain and this morning, when we got up for work, we found her dead in the toilet. They make space in high care for people with ankle injuries and this is the third person that I know that's been moved to make space for these Nigerian victims.
CEO of the Steve Biko Academic Hospital Dr Ernest Kenoshi meanwhile says attempts have been made to reach out to Hendrick:
I did call Hendrick a few minutes ago to get to the bottom of this story and he (Hendrick) refuses to reveal the name of his cousin, we don't know the name of the patient, so it become impossible to check this. In general, when patients get better, they get moved from high care to a normal care ward - that's standard. If there is nothing wrong with them, they don't go back to high care. The aim of treating any patient is that they will get better and ultimately be discharged. So if the patient was discharged, then it must mean that the patient was better. We only discharge patients when they are ready for discharge. I don't know the details of the case, he says he's going to lawyers and he won't discuss details with the hospital management or the Gauteng Health Department. At this point it is difficult, but we will get to the bottom of this case, once we have all the details.
Dr Kenoshi dispels perceptions that patients were moved to make way for the survivors of the Nigeria collapse:
Of the patients who came from Nigeria, only two came into intensive care or high care. All the others were treated in normal wards. There were one or two who - after operations - were taken into high care but most of the patients were treated in normal wards. There was not much movement of patients from high care into normal wards to make space for the patients who involved in the unfortunate incident.