The KZN Health Department is investigating yet another allegation of negligence after an object thought to be part of a needle was left in a man’s jaw after an operation last year.

Mandla Sithole, from Paulpietersburg, who slipped and fell at work in November 2017 and broke his jawbone, had to wait until July the following year to have the surgery to repair his jaw at Grey’s Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, notes a report in The Star.

After the operation he was discharged and told to return after two weeks for check-ups, he said, adding he suffered excruciating pain at the time and could not go to work.

He says he started bleeding through the nose, which prompted him to go back to the clinic, where painkillers were recommended.

‘I spent about six months on these pills, with no improvement in my condition, and in February this year went to Madadeni Hospital in Newcastle, where X-rays showed an object lodged in his jaw.

‘I then went back to Grey’s and the doctor who operated on me was rude, asking who had called me to the hospital. He didn’t even bother to look into the X-rays from Madadeni,’ he said, adding that he had no desire to go back to government healthcare facilities after his ordeal.

When the matter reached the attention of Grey’s management, an official called Sithole to arrange for check-ups. Department spokesperson Noluthando Nkosi said action would be taken once the facts were established.

Full report in The Star (subscription needed)