Western Cape Health MEC Dr Nomafrench Mbombo has called on hospital officials at Paarl hospital for an urgent meeting to address the incident where a four-year-old rape victim was turned away from the hospital last week. .
The Minister of Health described the alleged turning away of a 4-year-old sexual assault victim and her mother by the Paarl hospital as “abhorrent” and “unacceptable”
Dr Mbombo will be having this urgent meeting with the management of Paarl hospital as well as the family of the victim on Wednesday. Mbombo said;
I am shocked and appalled by reports alleging that a mother and her daughter‚ a sexual assault victim‚ were turned away from Paarl Hospital in the past week.
“This conduct is abhorrent‚ unacceptable and falls far short of the Western Cape government’s vision for providing caring‚ person centric medical care which respects the dignity of our clients.”
“In a country where rape and rape culture are so prevalent‚ we cannot allow ourselves to become part of this problem and fail the most vulnerable members of society who rely on us.”
The department of health is looking into the claims that mother and child were told to come back the next day for medical treatment because the child was not bleeding at the time.
Among others are claims that after much persistence, the hospital gave the mother medication and an injection, without any directions on how to administer it.
Meanwhile, SAPS spokesperson – FC van Wyk commented that “the suspect appeared in the Paarl Magistrate’s Court last week on a charge of rape.”
The big question still remains, what should be the right and deserving punishment for these beast who prey on the innocent?