Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has called for an investigation after a three-week-old baby admitted to the Bernice Samuel Hospital in Delmas for diarrhoea ended up having a hand amputated.

Mtshweni-Tsipane said she wanted answers for what happened after the baby’s hospital admission.

According to the premier’s office, the hospital admitted the infant for diarrhoea before transferring the baby to Witbank Hospital in eMalahleni, after complications which resulted in amputation.

Mtshweni-Tsipane and Mpumalanga Health MEC Sasekani Manzini visited the family to support them and monitor the baby’s recovery. The officials assured the family that the department would conduct a thorough investigation, adding that the incident was not taken lightly.

The premier also called for the suspension of the staffers involved.

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“While the investigation begins, the medical staff involved should be suspended with immediate effect, and we should get a preliminary report by next week,” Mtshweni-Tsipane said.

“We need only the truth as to what happened, but we also need to make sure we support the family and offer counselling to the young mother and the rest of the family.”

The premier and MEC said the government should take full responsibility for what happened while investigations continued.

Manzini condemned such incidents at health facilities. She said they visited the baby’s family as mothers to show them that they were committed to getting justice for the baby.

The MEC said the department was working tirelessly to ensure efficiency at its facilities.

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