When it comes to healthcare, one does not expect any monkey business. Yet, this is exactly what seems to be happening at Durban’s RK Khan Hospital.
It seems that patients are fighting off cute, but rather aggressive monkeys at the hospital. The issue is becoming of such a concern, that health authorities are forming a task team to resolve the problem.
Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi recently visited KZN and announced that his national office is now stepping in to intervene in the situation.
It was reported in 2018 that the primates were coming into the wards and other parts of the hospital, stealing food from patients and compromising the sterile environment.
How do the monkeys gain access to the hospital? Apparently, the rather intelligent monkeys come in through open windows. Allegedly, the patient lockers cannot be closed properly or locked, making it easy pickings for the brazen animal thieves.
Department spokesperson Ncumisa Mafunda says the hospital’s management is in contact with an NGO to find a solution to the problem.
Mafunda claims the veterinary section of the Department of Agriculture and the biodiversity unit of the national Department of Environmental Affairs are also involved.
Dr Imran Keeka, Democratic Alliance MPL, KZN Legislature. Spokesperson on Health and Quality of Life, claims that while the DA welcomes the intervention, he says it is not the only health facility affected by monkeys.
Apparently, Prince Mshiyeni Memorial and Wentworth hospitals are also affected by monkeys.
With monkeys running amok in hospitals, what are your thoughts? How do you feel about monkeys being allowed in hospitals for approximately a year before something is done? How do you think the situation could have been avoided?
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