EC initiation deaths: Department to set-up mobile hospitals

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 11, 2015

The Eastern Cape Department of Health has confirmed that it will be erecting a number of mobile hospitals close to initiation sights, in an attempt to curb the influx of initiates to various hospitals across the province.

A reported 21 young men have so far died since the start of the winter season with the majority having taken place in the OR Tambo and Chris Hani districts.

“We are having a problem of overflowing hospitals that can no longer provide services to the community because of the high number of injured initiates who have taken many beds,” Department Spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo was quoted by The Sowetan as saying.

“The field hospitals for initiates are set up to relieve the pressure. This will entail setting up a tent with essential equipment and stretchers to provide re-hydration fluids, antibiotics and wound-care supplies”.

In an interview yesterday, Kupelo also stated that the department would launch an investigation after it was alleged that some of the deaths could have been the result of assault rather than botched circumcisions, following the discovery of what appeared to be stab wounds on the body of a 16-year old casualty.