MANZINI: The Raleigh Fitkin Memorial (RFM) Hospital’s cleaning and kitchen staff has been accused of ill-treating new-born baby mothers within the maternity ward.
Speaking to this Swaziland News on Monday, one of the aggrieved mothers said life was difficult within the hospital especially for those with premature babies as the food was not enough.
“The food that is served here is not enough for us as breastfeeding mothers, they also don’t allow visitors and food from outside the hospital yet food prices at the tuck shop are ridiculously high. The cleaning staff refuses to change the bedding sheets, it’s been over a week now since they were last changed and we are forced to take cold showers. We were told that we were at their mercy since the hospital was supposed to only accommodate our premature babies”, said one of the aggrieved mothers.
Efforts to reach Benjamin Simelane, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Eswatini Nazarene Health Institution (ENHI) proved unsuccessful at the time of compiling this report.
But Dr Vusi Magagula, the Director of Health Services said they would investigate the matter, however, he advised those affected to property contact the Customer Services Office.
“The Ministry will ascertain the accuracy of the allegations from the RFM management. However, in order for these grievances to be properly addressed and corrected, the affected individuals are advised to utilise the Customer Services Office at the Hospital”, he said
RFM Hospital entrance