Health department reassures families of mentally ill patients

Randfontein​, 15 May 2016 - Families of psychiatric patients at the Life Esidimeni home in Randfontein say they've been left in the dark about the whereabouts of their relatives.​ Video: eNCA

EKURHULENI - The health department says mentally ill patients being relocated from the Life Esidimeni Home in Randfontein won't get lost in the system.

Families are complaining they don't know where their relatives have gone.

Life Esidimeni was treating close to 2,000 patients, but it closed down after government funding was cut.

Patients have been sent to Non-Government Organisations across the province but some families say they haven't heard from any of them.

The department says families shouldn't worry and that their loved ones will be well looked after.

A committee has been tasked with keeping them up to date.

“We cannot do without the members of the committee,” said Gauteng Health spokesperson Steve Mabona.

“There’s a number 011 355 3375. That number can be utilised if the families or members of the families they need more information or clarity but with the effect of Monday.”


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