‘Pure lies’, says health department

A Limpopo health care centre is so ill-equipped that nurses at times have to use their cellphones for lighting because of a malfunctioning generator, says a member of parliament.

Democratic Alliance MP Lindy Wilson said they had visited the Mookgopong Health Centre on Wednesday.

However, her assessment has been rejected by the provincial health department as being  baseless.

Wilson said during their visit to the centre, they discovered that power outages and malfunctioning equipment including the generator had caused at least three babies to be born “in distress”.

Wilson said the sonar and suction machine were not working, and that nurses had to use their cell phones as light sources.

She said there were also no fetal monitor and incubator available.

“The babies were born in torture. When a baby is born and is born in distress, you can imagine,” she asserted.

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