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Another NGO housing Esidimeni patients shut down


JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has confirmed yet another NGO, which was mandated to take care of mentally ill patients from Life Esidimeni, has been shut down.

Several more mentally ill patients have been transferred to the Solomon Stix Morewa Memorial Hospital in Johannesburg, from NGOs which were found to have been operating unlawfully by the health ombudsman.

MEC Ramokgopa’s announcement brings the number of unlawful NGOs which are still operating to 20, with a total 763 mentally ill patients still being housed at these facilities.

Ramokgopa says after moving 27 patients to the Solomon Stix Morewa Hospital last week, a further 28 moved to this facility on Tuesday.

“We are quite encouraged that we have worked very well with all the parties involved.”

The facility’s CEO Zubair Coovadia says his staff are more than capable to take care of these patients.

“Our team of healthcare professionals is made up of qualified nursing staff.”

Coovadia says they are busy upgrading the hospital’s recreational facilities, which will help in the rehabilitation process.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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