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Help identify family of elderly victim of food poisoning at PE frail care home

Mar 15, 2017
Help identify family of elderly victim of food poisoning at PE frail care home

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Deputy Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, who also serves as Mayoral Committee Member for Public Health, on Tuesday visited the elderly at the Gelvandale Frail Care and Elderly Home following incidents of food poisoning at the centre.

"One elderly person is suspected to have died due to food poisoning," the municipality said, adding that; "The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Environmental Health Sub-directorate team is currently investigating the incident.

"Going forward, the municipality Public Health Directorate will also be working with all frail care and elderly persons homes to improve environmental management compliance issues."

The Deputy Executive Mayor also committed to working with the Ward Councillor to improve the conditions of the home.

"He further called on the community of the Metro to assist in identifying the family of the deceased," the municipality added.

The manager of the home says the deceased has never been visited ever since she was left by family members about four years ago.

"It saddens me to hear that we have become a society that does not care about the elderly. It pains me to hear that there are elderly people in this place who have been living here for more than 10 years without a family member visiting them.

"I am making a call to the people of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, that is named after the icon, Nelson Mandela, to awaken the values of Ubuntu within us and take care of the elderly and the children," said the Deputy Executive Mayor.

Below is the pictures is the Identity Document of the deceased, the public is requested to assist in identifying the family before the Frail Care and Elderly Home proceeds with the burial.

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Image: Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Deputy Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani (middle), who also serves as Mayoral Committee Member for Public Health, on Tuesday visited the elderly at the Gelvandale Frail Care and Elderly Home following incidents of food poisoning at the centre.