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Motsoaledi: SA hospitals don't turn away foreign nationals

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says almost half of the babies delivered so far this year at hospitals which allegedly turned Francine Kalala away, were born to foreign nationals.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: GCIS.

PARLIAMENT - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says reports that a Congolese woman gave birth at Johannesburg’s Park Station because she was turned away from at least three Gauteng hospitals are misleading and inaccurate.

He says that in his view, the report was intended to create maximum reputational damage on state health facilities.

Briefing Parliament’s Health Committee on the incident on Wednesday, Motsoaledi says that the case of Francine Kalala was extremely unfortunate but that South African hospitals do not turn away foreign nationals or asylum seekers.

Motsoaledi says almost half of the babies delivered so far this year at hospitals which allegedly turned Kalala away, were born to foreign nationals.

He says she was on her way to Eden Hospital, where she had previously given birth, when she went into labour at the station.

Motsoaledi said this was after Kalala encountered a nurse with a bad attitude at the Tshwane District Hospital.

“One nurse being rude to one patient cannot be a conclusion… an overall conclusion that anybody who is an asylum seeker is treated in this manner.”

He says his department can be accused of many things but not refusing to treat asylum seekers and even undocumented migrants.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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