Probe launched after man dies in PMB hospital's COVID-19 shelter

Probe launched after man dies in PMB hospital's COVID-19 shelter

KZN Health MEC, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu has this afternoon been in an urgent meeting with senior management at the Northdale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

Elderly PMB man dies in hospital's COVID-19 makeshift shelter

It comes after a 67-year-old man died in a makeshift base for COVID-19 patients in the parking lot of the hospital. 

Sibusiso Khumalo is said to have died of hypoxia.

His daughter, Hlengiwe Khumalo spoke to Newswatch on Tuesday after posting a video if the structure on social media last night. It's sparked outrage over the conditions patients are being kept in.

In a statement, the department says the meeting will form part of an investigation that has been launched, following complaints about the demise of a 67-year-old patient at the hospital's flu clinic.

"Due to strict lockdown regulations meant to contain the spread of COVID – 19, no media personnel will be allowed into the hospital.  

However, after the meeting, later this afternoon, the MEC will issue a media statement on the preliminary findings, and provide further details concerning this matter."

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