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Life Esidimeni families ‘angry’ as Mahlangu takes the stand

January 23, 2018

The first day of former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu’s testimony at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings has left families disgruntled, angry and with more questions than answers.

When a ‘bundle of joy’ becomes a mental struggle

December 18, 2017

Postnatal depression doesn’t only threaten the health of parents. Failing to bond with babies in their crucial first months of life can predispose a child to range of mental health and developmental problems. HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green finds out why South African parents, especially mothers, are depressed and what it could take to lift their […]

Life Esidimeni: A snapshot of the tragedy

December 14, 2017

Here, Health-e has only profiled 10 former Life Esidimeni (LE) patients, and the circumstances around their deaths, but it provides a glimpse into the dignity denied to both mental health care users and their families before, during and after the fatal move.

Sugar and mental health: What’s the link?

November 13, 2017

Severely mentally ill patients are more likely to suffer from diabetes, be obese and have a higher risk of dying young than the general population. Research is increasingly linking diet to mental health. And, reports Amy Green for HEALTH-E NEWS on the eve of World Diabetes Day, sugar is a potent but much-over-looked culprit.

Esidimeni compensation likely unaffordable to Gauteng health department

November 6, 2017

No action has been taken against 11 health officials implicated in Esidimeni crisis, former Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu who made the decision that led to 141 deaths remains illusive and the “bankrupt” Gauteng Health Department is currently unable to fund a compensation ruling.

Neglect of mentally ill patients a serious concern

October 26, 2017
News   OurHealth  

LIMPOPO – Families who refuse to look after mentally ill relatives, stigmatisation of the issue by communities, minimal patient visits and a shortage of water are plaguing the running of the Hayani Specialised Psychiatric Hospital, outside Thohoyandou.

‘Truth over justice’: Amnesty suggested for Esidimeni NGOs

October 24, 2017

A family member of a patient who died in the Life Esidimeni tragedy has suggested amnesty be given to implicated non-governmental organisation (NGO) officials in the interests of “getting answers”.