A two-year-old girl was raped while admitted in a COVID-19 isolation ward at a hospital in South Africa.
The victim’s aunt who spoke anonymously to protect the identity of the child said that her niece was sexually abused while admitted in Dr. George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Pretoria.
The hospital advised her mother to admit the child in the hospital after she developed COVID-19 symptoms. Later thatn evebing, he hospital contacted her mother to inform her the child was in severe pain and was crying.
Her mother went to the hospital and picked her up and she was struggling to walk.
After the mother closely inspected her child she discovered that there had been ‘penetration’, according to the aunt.
Narrating the ordeal, the aunt told News24: ‘The mother and child were referred to the George Mukhari Hospital by the KT Motubatse clinic in Soshanguve on June 15,’ told News24.
‘The nurses at the clinic said since the child was struggling to breathe, she should be taken to George Mukhari Hospital to be tested for coronavirus.
‘The hospital called in the evening and told the mother that the child was crying and in pain. They later called around 11pm and said the child was now sleeping. The hospital staff called again in the morning and told my sister to come and pick up her child because she had been discharged. The hospital said the child had tested negative for Covid-19.’
‘I saw that there was something wrong with the child. As the mother was changing the nappy, she discovered some white fluid on her private parts.
‘She initially thought it was medication as the child had been in hospital. But the following day, that same whitish fluid was still coming out,’ the aunt told local media.
The girl was taken back to the hospital where a nurse reportedly confirmed that there was an indication that the child had been raped at the isolation ward.
Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters told News24 that a rape case has been opened, with the hospital also conducting its own investigation into the incident.