QUEEN Mamohato Memorial Hospital (QMMH) is appealing for help in locating two women who recently abandoned their dead babies at the hospital.
QMMH Public Relations Officer, Mothepane Thaane, said the two women abandoned their dead babies along with their belongings at the hospital at the end of last month and early last week.
“One woman registered at the hospital using the name, Bokang Ratsebe but in her bag, we also found two hospital booklets with the names Mpho Ramofolo and Nkhono Matlalane Ramofolo,” Ms Thaane said.
“According to information on the booklets Mpho and Nkhono Matlalane are from Pulane in the Berea district. The other female is registered as Nthabiseng Mosala who said she lives at the rental lines in Motimposo and we cannot locate her too.”
Ms Thaane said Ratsebe/ Ramofolo’s baby was prematurely delivered and subsequently died. She said they needed the parents or relatives’ consent to dispose the bodies, adding, if they failed to reach them, “We will have to get government consent because we cannot keep the bodies for a long time as that would be against the health protocols that guide us”.
She said it was hospital policy that patients who are admitted must wear the hospital gown and surrender their belongings including their clothes to the hospital or their relatives.
“But despite all these measures we suspect that they could have asked their relatives to bring them clothes to change into so that they can leave the hospital undetected.
“I’m saying this because they would not be allowed to leave the hospital premises with the hospital gown under any circumstances.”
She said such incidents would force them to demand identity documents before admitting patients, even if this would inconvenience those patients who did not always carry such documents with them.