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State hospitals need paediatric ICU units

The Institute for Accountability asks the Public Protector to probe the matter.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela announcing her findings into a contract between the Western Cape government and advertising agency TBWA. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Public Protector's office on Tuesday confirmed it will investigate a complaint regarding the shortage of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facilities at state hospitals.

The Institute for Accountability has requested that Thuli Madonsela investigate the matter, saying it didn't receive attention from the Health Minister two years ago.

The group claims thousands of children are dying every year because there isn't enough ICU equipment.

The Public Protector's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi has confirmed the file is on Madonsela's desk.

"The Public Protector received a complaint from the Institute for Accountability, she has accepted jurisdiction and the investigation is ongoing."