Bongani: How can a desperately ill baby be left to die in a hospital queue?

Bongani Bingwa Bongani Bingwa says when nurses go on strike, it's the patients that suffer and baby Annah is the latest victim.

Eloi, Eloi Lama Sabachtani? My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? This is a question that is all too familiar to millions of Christians around the world at this time of year. A question asked by the Christ himself as he hung on the cross.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

It's a question that must surely haunt Tshireletso Mothibedi who lost her one-month-old daughter after being told to queue like other patients at a hospital clinic in the North West near Mahikeng last week.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

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He reports that she arrived with a critically ill infant in need of oxygen and time was of the essence if her baby was to have any chance of surviving. However, Bongani says, 'the nurse in attendance didn't think so or she didn't care'. There was a queue, first come first serve, and after 30 minutes her baby died.

Other patients in the queue tried to intervene and told the nurse. Tshireletso was told to go to a consulting room and yet, even then, the nurse continued to assist other patients, even after little baby Annah had died.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

Maybe the nurse was tired or stressed he wonders? After all, there's was a strike, and many of her colleagues had downed tools or were on a go-slow. When the union was informed, he says they apparently said, If people are on strike "nothing prohibits the department from hiring other people to do their work. It is their obligation."

Naturally, the Health MEC is investigating. There will be another story. Another headline. More indifference. And those are maybe even the exceptions to the rule. You see in most cases, only the mothers will know. No newspaper will write their story. No radio presenter will mention their baby. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

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