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First On EWN: More complaints against 'cruel, racist nurses' at Rahima Moosa Hospital

Patients say the 'lazy, cruel nurses' are treating pregnant women like ‘animals’ at the facility.

Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital in Coronationville, Johannesburg. Picture: Google Earth.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Health Department is now investigating more cases of alleged mistreatment at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital with complaints of lazy 'cruel' nurses treating pregnant women like 'animals'.

More women have come forward demanding the department investigate the behaviour of all nurses at the hospital, some handing in statements regarding neglect.

Three staff members are already facing a disciplinary hearing after a mother went into premature labour at the hospital and lost her baby.

She claims she was ignored by the nurses, sworn at and told to clean herself.

Eyewitness News has received numerous complaints of people who say they've suffered the same trauma from nurses at the hospital.

A grandmother, who wants to remain anonymous, said her pregnant 16-year-old daughter was admitted to the Rahima Moosa Hospital in November, where she was allegedly insulted by nurses for being pregnant at such a young age.

"The nurses told her that it was fine for her to lay when she was making the baby and now she wants to come embarrass them at the hospital."

She said it's been almost a year and she's still waiting for a promised meeting with senior staff.

"What the hell is going on in that hospital? Those nurses have this 'don't care' attitude."

In another incident, Nakita De Vasconcelos said she also had to give birth by herself in March, as nurses ignored her and were racist.

"I said, how come you're treating all of us [badly] but you're treating me better than you're treating all the other black people? [They said] because you're white and white people are clever and know how to report us."

LISTEN: Reporter Mia Lindeque tells 702's John Robbie how patients described to _ EWN _ scenes of horror as nurses at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital apparently ignored the cries of a woman who went into premature labour and lost her baby.

One woman described to EWN how she was forced to give birth alone in a standing position.

However, there were complications and the child died.

Her son would have been six this year.

She has pleaded with the Health Department to get rid of what she calls a group of 'cruel women'.

In a separate incident, Maymoena Evans believes her baby would have survived in February if nurses had acted swiftly.

"They like to stand on one place with magazines and read, they're never there."

Another woman has told EWN how she gave birth by herself and was told to keep quiet while delivering her baby.

The Health Department is aware of the complaints.

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