‘Treatment refusal claims unfounded’

The hospital says the 12-year-old girl was referred to them from the Kalafong Hospital.

The girl’s brother claims they were turned away and a payment of R250,000 was demanded by hospital staff before they would treat her. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - A pediatric cardiologist is treating a Somali child at the Steve Biko Hospital despite the family claiming they were turned away.

The hospital says the 12-year-old girl was referred to them from the Kalafong Hospital where she was treated as an outpatient before being referred back to the Steve Biko hospital.

The girl's brother claims they were turned away and a payment of R250,000 was demanded by hospital staff before they would treat her.

An urgent application to have the girl treated was heard in the North Gauteng High Court yesterday and a ruling was made that the girl be admitted to the Steve Biko Hospital immediately.

Hospital CEO Ernest Kenoshi has denied the allegations.

"It was a consultation, the referral, so she was seen in the specialist outpatients' clinic. The specialists amended the treatment, and she was sent back to Kalafong with new treatment."