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Parents oppose to children relocation from Odirile Centre

Monday 20 March 2017 21:11

Ofentse Setimo

Odirile Centre for Mentally and Physically Disabled was established in 2002. (Gift of the Givers)

Parents of psychiatric patients transferred from Life Esidimeni to different NGOs in 2016 say they will not allow the Gauteng Health Department to relocate their children from Odirile Centre for Mentally and Physically Disabled in Hammanskraal.

This comes after the Gauteng Department of Health notified management at the centre that they would shut it down and relocate all patients.

Odirile Centre for Mentally and Physically Disabled is among 27 others implicated in the Health Ombudsman report.

According to the report, the centres were under resourced, under financed and under prepared for the influx of mentally ill patients from Life Esidimeni. Over 100 patients died at centres like Odirile due to a rushed relocation of patients by the provincial health department.

Parents of mentally ill patients at this centre say they will not allow the Gauteng provincial department from relocating their children. This as there has never been any deaths reported at this centre. They also say they were not consulted prior to the relocation.

Odirile Centre for Mentally and Physically Disabled was established in 2002.

It currently employs 80 staff including nurses, social workers and cooking staff who care for 104 children with special needs.

Management is crying foul at the closure as the centre had been operational before the deaths of Life Esidimeni patients.

Management at this centre says it will meet the provincial health department in court if it proceeds with attempts to close the centre down.

Efforts to solicit a response from the provincial health department were unsuccessful.

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