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.?

EKURHULENI - The health department says mentally ill patients being relocated from the Life Esidimeni Home in Randfontein won&39;t get lost in the system.

Families are complaining they don&39;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&39;t heard from any of them.

The department says families shouldn&39;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.”