Friday, January 15, 2021

Govt hit with P1.5m lawsuit for alleged negligence during delivery

A Selibe Phikwe woman, whose name her lawyers refused to divulge, has dragged the government to court demanding P1.5 million in compensation for damages.

According to her summons, served before Francistown High Court Judge, Moses Chinhengo through her lawyer, sometime in April 2010, the woman, who was then pregnant, went to Selibe Phikwe Primary Hospital to deliver. During the process, the midwife who was conducting the delivery at the hospital did not exercise care, leading to health complications.

The summons further states that after the delivery it was discovered that the nurse wrongly applied stitches on the woman’s body which led to the complications.

The woman alleges that she had to be hospitalized at Gaborone Private Hospital where she was attended to by health specialists to try and rectify the health condition at her own cost.
Her lawyer is demanding P1.5 million as compensation for damages due to negligence.

“The plaintiff had to suffer the ordeal of health complications, due to negligence by the midwife at the hospital which also posed a life hazard,” her lawyer says in the summons.

The lawyer also stated in the summons that his client had to fork out money from her own pocket to pay for the medical bills at Gaborone Private Hospital.

However, last week during court proceedings, the plaintiff and the defense lawyers all agreed before court to conduct a meeting to determine if they can settle the matter out of court. The meeting between both parties has been scheduled for the 12th of December this year.

The plaintiff is represented by Keitshegile Sechele of KK Sechele Attorneys while the defendant is represented by Wanano Sibanda from the Attorney General Chambers.

RELATED STORIES

Read this week's paper