Nangombe clarifies Nandjebo’s death at Robert Mugabe Clinic

Preliminary Investigation into the death of patient LaimiNandjebo at Robert Mugabe Avenue Clinic in Windhoek on 19 August revealed that the patient had a pre-existing life-threatening medical condition, which cause her unexpectedly death.

In a media release issued on Friday, by the Ministry of Health and Social Services Executive Director, Ben Nangombe said the ministry appointed a four-member committee comprising of a Senior Medical Officer, a Chief Health Programme Officer, a Nursing Service Manager and a Control Administrative Officer, to committee conducted a preliminary investigation.

Nangombe noted that the late Nandjebo brought her child for immunization to Robert Mugabe Avenue Clinic on Monday, around 11h00 where she accompanied by an in-law, Emilia Hautoni.

'On her arrival at the Clinic, she did not indicate to health personnel that she needs urgent attention nor did she show signs that could have prompted the staff to treat her as an emergency,' said Nangombe.

He added that Hautoni, however, informed the doctor later that the deceased was complaining of chest pains since the morning.

Nandjebo then alerted the Security Guard on duty that she was not feeling well and need to see a nurse urgently, she was moved to the front of the queue where she waited for the nurse, who was busy in the consultation room with another patient, according to the report.

'Shortly thereafter, at around 135, the patient collapsed and one was taken to the emergency room where she was attended to by the doctor on duty and three nurses. All possible attempts to resuscitate her regrettably and unfortunately failed' stressed Nangombe.

He said the ministry is not at liberty to disclose the medical condition to the public.

Nangombe also said regarding allegations that all nurses were on lunch at the time of the incident, records show that the were two on duty, attending to a patient in the emergency room who had earlier on also collapsed.

It is a ministerial policy that where there is more than one nurse in any clinic, they should take lunch hour at different intervals, he mentioned.

'At this stage, internal investigations indicate that the health personnel on duty acted to the best of their abilities and in the best interest of the patient and under the prevailing circumstances,' noted Nangombe.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services extends its sincerest condolences to the bereaved family, especially the children of the late MsNandjebo, said MoHSS Executive Director.

Source: Namibia Press Agency