The management of City Hospital in Durban has refuted claims in the media that emergency treatment for a fatally-wounded student was delayed due to medical aid funding concerns.
City Hospital Manager, Rafeek Ismail Nakooda, says the hospital has camera footage showing the wounded student being taken straight to the emergency unit for treatment with no delay in medical assistance whatsoever. He says a misconception may have arisen when the patient’s colleagues attended to the hospital’s admission process whilst the student was already receiving medical attention in the emergency department.
“There is no question of us failing to comply with our ethical duty to render emergency assistance to anyone, regardless of their circumstances or ability to pay,” Nakooda stressed. The tragic shooting took place on Tuesday during a protest on or adjacent to the Durban University of Technology close to the City Hospital.
Nakooda said the medical team attempted to resuscitate the student for approximately 35min. However due to the serious nature of his injuries, this proved unsuccessful. At no stage was the injured student delayed in his admission process nor was emergency medical attention withheld.
The shooting and incorrect claim of a delay in treatment led to emotive tweets on social media regarding the ability of students to pay fees and afford medical funding.
The Management of City Hospital extends its condolences to the bereaved family and friends of the student.