Medical expert Professor Abel Pienaar told the Life Esidimeni Inquest, which is currently ongoing in the High Court of Pretoria, that the facility used to house patients with mental illness lacks resources.
In his report, he noted: Care was compromised by a lack of staff. and patient monitoring.
144 patients died of starvation, dehydration and neglect during and after transport to equipment and unregistered NGOs.
Pienaar says the resource was well below international standards.
“Serious and profound thoughts are one to five. But we do know that the ideal may not really be the case. But at most 1 to 10. When you look at low- and middle-income countries in developing countries, it’s because high-income countries don’t have the resources they have. So at best I’d say 1 to 10. Especially when looking at something serious and profound. That’s the practice,” explains Pienaar.
The video below is an interrogation of the deaths of 144 psychiatric patients.
Facilities Used to Accommodate Life Esidimeni Patients Below International Standards: Experts – SABC News
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