PMB hospital managers suspended following death in makeshift facility

PMB hospital managers suspended following death in makeshift facility

The Acting CEO of Pietermaritzburg's Northdale Hospital has been redeployed and two managers suspended - following the death of an elderly man at the facility.

MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu PMB hospital
KZN Health Department

Sibusiso Khumalo, 67 went to the hospital last week after experiencing breathing difficulties and chest pains.

He was taken to a makeshift structure set up for COVID-19 patients in the parking lot of hospital.

He died of hypoxia a few hours later.

In a statement this afternoon,  the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department says the medical and nursing managers at the hospital have been suspended with immediate effect.

It says the acting CEO - who's been on sick leave for more than two weeks - will be redeployed back to her original position as a maternal health specialist.

MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu on Tuesday instructed Head of Department, Sandile Tshabalala to put together an independent team to probe the incident.

The department says a team from the University of KwaZulu-Natal has already started looking into the matter.

Simelane-Zulu has also directed that a temporary structure at the hospital, with adequate heating be urgently erected.

The department says this will be built today.

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