R2m claim after little girls die at Dora Nginza

GRIEVING Nelson Mandela Bay families have instituted a R2-million civil claim against the Department of Health two months after their daughters suddenly died at Dora Nginza Hospital.

This comes after a nurse who was on duty in the children’s ward allegedly injected the girls with the wrong medicine and they later died.

Six-week-old Lilonke Zondani, of Walmer, and two-year-old Asiphile Dada, of Kwazakhele, died within hours of each other in January after being given the wrong medication.

The Zondani and Dada families are represented by Egon Oswald Attorneys, who said letters of demand have been issued against the department in accordance with his two clients’ instructions.

“[The department has] advised us that the matter is still under investigation,” Oswald said.

Each family is demanding R1-million for damages suffered after the two girls suddenly died, Oswald said.

The families say when their children died they were about to be discharged from the hospital.

Lilonke was taken to hospital on December 31 as she seemed weak and had struggled to breast-feed.

The baby was diagnosed with a lung infection but later responded well to treatment.

On January 8, the day before she was to be discharged, she was given an injection at 9pm and died just minutes later.

Phathiswa Dada’s daughter, Asiphile, was also allegedly injected by the same nurse and died a few hours later.

Health Department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo failed to respond to media inquiries.

-Hendrick Mphande

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