As an expert witness, Dr. Mvuyiso Talatala told the Life Esidimeni Inquest of Pretoria High Court that some patients lost significant weight before developing various diseases.
Talatala, a professional psychiatrist, testified that some patients died of gangrene, lung infections and pneumonia.
The Health Ombudsman said 144 patients died of starvation, dehydration and neglect during and after being transferred from the Life Essidimeni facility to an unequipped and unregistered non-governmental organization in June 2016.
Talatala argued that moving critically ill patients like Virginia Makhaphela from Life Esidimeni to under-equipped NGOs may have contributed to their deaths.
“Honey, pathologists do not associate gangrene with death, whereas it does. However, the pathologist did not find anything else in her report. We do not offer alternatives. But it gives us him and dehydration, the only thing found.”
NGOs unsuitable for patient acceptance
Talatala on Wednesday said the condition of some patients in the investigation did not allow transfers to other NGOs.
Talatala described an unsuccessful attempt to caution several government stakeholders to prevent the Life Esidimeni tragedy.
“They provided care, but it won’t be the same service provided by Life Esidimeni or the great care provided by Serkfontin. Because they can tell which patients are right for their treatment and know what care they need to provide.”
The Life Esidimeni Inquest is investigating the deaths of 144 psychotic patients transferred to NGOs.
Life Esidimeni Inquest hears that some patients have lost weight before becoming ill. – SABC News
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