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Ward: Amputation and stillbirths regularly found in the laundry room of the hospital



Photo: Hannah Chibayambuya / Health-e News

A woman working in the laundry room at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg – Johannesburg often finds a lot of horror in linen from her limbs to her baby. Dead and alive.

"I've been here for years and I'm not sure what we'll find when working in the dirty 'laundry' area, I still find dead babies and even babies breathing in bedspreads," he said. .

She provided two pictures. One is one of the dead babies due and one of the fetuses covered with blood.

The dry cleaners are grouped in several wards and sent down the metal chute. Sheets are often drenched with blood, covered with feces, and contain placenta and blood clots. These dead babies are found on the bottom of the parachute and are sometimes wrapped in soiled linen.

An inside whistle says he has found a baby who died several times a month. They complained to management, but they did not take any action. Gladys Bogoshi's Charlotte Maxeke Hospital CEO did not dispute these claims.

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"Sometimes it is treated as part of the garbage by unknown people, and the waste is sent down to the laundry as it goes down the parachute. All reported cases are investigated and an improvement plan is implemented to prevent recurrence."

According to Bogoshi, when a case is reported to nursing care, the midwife examines the fetus as well as the birth register to describe the birth and appropriate disposition. She said that in some cases it was difficult to find out which ward had been found in an area where an unidentified fetus was located outside the delivery room.

The DA Shadow MEC for the Health of Jack Bloom's local health department said it had never heard of it before.

"It's a disruption of procedures and a shoddy bishop in the ward," he said. "It's terrible to think that babies have downloaded the metal parachute with dirty laundry."

The Health Professions Council of South Africa has a clear protocol on how to dispose of medical wastes, including the separation and packaging of wastes in accordance with international good practice.

Garbage bags are durable and puncture resistant and are color-coded to identify the type of garbage. All wastes should be stored in packaging materials that are stored in disposal locations and disposed of in a practical and efficient manner that minimizes risk. By minimizing waste disposal, fewer people will be exposed to waste.

Women working in the laundry room at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg often arrange the discovery of horror among the linen. Photo: Hannah Chibayambuya / Health-e News

The whistleblower and her colleagues are afraid that they will suffer from illness by handling medical waste that they are unwilling to deal with. "We have masks and gloves, but is that enough?" She asked.

Bogoshi acknowledged that there was a serious health problem with laundry staff who had been mistakenly exposed to blood-borne pathogens associated with hepatitis C and hepatitis B.

She said the waste separation was at the heart of the problem, and said the problem was raised at monthly meetings held by Infection Control Management.

But as Bloom pointed out, the procedure did not work and management did not step up the process to solve the problem.

According to the laundry staff, the problem is getting worse. They are traumatized and many are looking for new jobs.

"It is very angry and I have nightmares," said the young woman. "I have asked many times for counseling, and I am going to sleep at night because of what I have seen."

Bogoshi said she runs an employee health and welfare program that claims to have not known the employee asking for a report and provides services, including reporting hospital staff.

Bloum said that the discovery of fear must sound a warning that it is extremely painful. "This should never happen, it is a badly bad symptom at the hospital, and it is highly likely that executives will sue magical criminals instead of trying to find the killer," he added.


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