Limpopo Health MEC Dr. Phophi Ramathuba will, on Tuesday visit Maake Clinic in the Mopani District following a disturbing viral footage. In a video making rounds, a nurse and an escort of a patient are captured exchanging words.

The escorter is seen confronting the nurse to complain about having waited for too long without getting attended to. The nurse on the other hand was talking on the landline telephone. The Nurse has since been precautionarily transferred while the department investigations are continuing.

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The nurse involved and MEC Ramathuba will also be meeting with the patient escort. This will also include different stakeholders including other staff members with the aim of not just fact-finding. But to redress and also strengthening the clinic.

MEC Phophi Ramathuba to visit Maake clinic following viral footage
Dr. Phophi Ramathuba


“The department is currently establishing the context within which the video was extracted. This is in order to gain a full understanding of the incident in order to address the issue,” they said in a statement.

“The department expects healthcare professionals to subscribe to particular standards guided by the ethics and values of Batho Pele and put people first.

While the incident is still being investigated, the department is of the view that the episodes captured on the video are appalling and embarrassing. Especially because at that time there was a patient who was allegedly waiting for emergency assistance,” they said.

Dr Ramathuba is expected to be at the clinic at 11:am.