Three nurses, one of them heavily pregnant, were on Monday beaten at Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital in Ndola by a parent for allegedly chatting instead of attending to his seriously sick child. According to impeccable sources at the hospital, the child, who was suffering from inflammation of the brain, was unconscious and admitted at the institution.
The child’s parents complained about the conduct of nurses who were on duty, accusing them of being negligent towards their ailing child.During a scuffle between the nurses and the parents of the child, the medical tubes which were inserted in the child for feeding and administering drugs were accidentally removed by relatives of the child.
A nurse who is heavily pregnant was pushed to the ground by a member of the family.
The relatives complained that the nurses were not helpful and would rather have their child die than remain at the hospital.
The child died the following day. When hospital authorities called the nurses to explain what transpired, they blamed the parents. The parents of the child also lodged in a complaint to the hospital management about the nurses who were on duty.
When contacted, hospital senior medical superintendent Jonathan Mwansa said he was not aware of the incident.
He, however, said the hospital has closed circuit television (CCTV) to monitor the happenings around it and will establish what really happened.
Copperbelt provincial medical director Robert Zulu said his office was not aware of the incident but would follow up the matter. “I have not received such a report, but I will follow it up and get back to you,” he said.
Recently, two mothers were left traumatised after their respective new born babies were mistakenly swapped by nurses at Ndola Teaching Hospital.
The babies were born to the two women who share the same name of Natasha Mulenga.This incident left the relatives and other mothers in the labour ward shocked. The matter was eventually resolved after a DNA test, albeit after one of the babies died. The living baby was reunited with its mother after being in the care of the hospital for days.