Bricklayer still in the dark over injury

14 Aug 2013 04:20
KEETMANSHOOP, 14 AUG (NAMPA) – More than a week after he injured his back when he fell from a five-metre high building, bricklayer Severinus Amangulu is still waiting to hear whether he would be able to walk again.
Amangulu was busy working on the construction of a tuberculosis (TB) ward at the Keetmanshoop State Hospital last week Monday, when he fell and possibly injured his spine.
The bricklayer is an employee of QE Civil and Building Contractors, the company responsible for the construction of the TB ward at this southern hospital.
He was last week transferred from Keetmanshoop to the Windhoek Central Hospital for further medical attention, but still has not been attended to by a doctor.
“Up to today, I still did not see a doctor to tell me what is wrong with me. Since I came from Keetmanshoop, I am just in bed. I cannot sit or stand up. They said I am waiting for the doctor to come,” Amangulu told Nampa via mobile phone on Wednesday.
He has just been receiving medicine for pain relief, but still experiences severe pain at night.
His sister, Tiohildis Amangulu, confirmed the situation today, saying her family is still in the dark about the health status of Severinus as they do not know whether he broke his spine or not.
“It is not clear when or from where the doctor will come,” she told this agency via phone from Windhoek.
Approached for comment, QE Civil and Building Contractors' site agent Jacques Connan said he was still also waiting for the medical report.
“I have nothing much to say. I spoke to his brother yesterday, and he said it is a spinal injury, and that is all we know for now,” Connan stated.
The Public Relations’ Officer (PRO) in the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), Ester Paulus said the ministry has no right to give information to the media about patients’ health.
“Rather speak to the family members,” she advised.