07 Aug 2013 09:10
MPUNGU, 07 AUG (NAMPA) - A Grade Eight learner of the Himarwa Ifete Secondary School in the western Kavango died a day after she was allegedly refused treatment because she did not have a health passport.
The deceased has been identified as 17 year-old Agnes Hausiku, a resident of the Sikarosompo village within the Mpungu Constituency.
Her next of kin have been informed.
Hausiku and a friend, Hellen Kamanya, walked to the Mpungu Clinic, which is two kilometres away from the school, after lessons on Monday afternoon to seek medical treatment as they both were not feeling well.
The two learners both did not have health passports, and upon arrival at the health centre, were given temporary papers at the reception, which were not stamped.
According to Kamanya, she entered the screening room, whereupon a registered nurse there allegedly told her that she was not going to attend to patients who do not have their health passports with them.
That nurses name has not yet been established.
Kamanya and Hausiku then went back to the school without receiving any treatment for an unidentified illness.
Their teacher, Lasco Sachuma, told this reporter on Wednesday that the deceased learner never got better since Monday, and collapsed on Tuesday evening whilst studying.
Hausiku was struggling to breathe when she was rushed to the same health centre, but was pronounced dead upon her arrival there.
Efforts to obtain comment from Mpungu Circuit Inspector Mathews Kalihonda proved futile as his mobile phone remained off on Wednesday.
Contacted for comment on Wednesday, the Chief Medical Officer of the Kavango Region, Dr Harrison Wambugu said he has not yet received the incident report, but promised to enquire about it.
Meanwhile, the Medical Superintendent of the Rundu Intermediate Hospital, Dr. Juri Yangazov said the ministrys health policy is clear that if a patient does not have a health passport, he or she should be provided with a temporary one.
That was absolutely wrong of the nurse to refuse her treatment. They should have provided the patient with a temporary one, and attend to the patient, charged Yangazov today.