Post-mortem: Mingandja had pneumonia

30 November 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe



RUNDU

The post-mortem conducted on the 32-year-old man who took his last breath under a mango tree outside the Sauyemwa clinic more than week ago revealed that the deceased died of pneunomia.

According to a copy of the medical report seen by Namibian Sun, the immediate cause of Mario Mingandja’s death was pneumonia, while he had also tested positive for Covid-19.

Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the lungs’ air sacs and results in symptoms such as a cough, fever and having trouble breathing.

The report’s conclusion is that he died of natural causes.

The circumstances surrounding Mingandja’s death were not well received by his family and the Sauyemwa community, however.

This is because allegations were rife that nurses at the Sauyemwa clinic allegedly refused to attend to the deceased because he did not have a medical passport.

‘Refused treatment’

On the day he died, Mingandja allegedly went to the clinic as early as 08:00.

He reportedly sought medical attention several times but was sent home to collect his medical passport.

Later, the hawkers who sell goods outside the clinic advised him to sit in the shade of a mango tree. A nurse apparently only took his temperature when his situation had already deteriorated. Minutes later, Mingandja was declared dead.

Despite having contracted Covid-19, he had received one jab of the Sinopharm vaccine on 11 May.

The deceased’s family is adamant that had the nurses acted otherwise, he might still be alive, and urged the ministry to take action against the nurse who refused him treatment.

Mingandja was buried last Saturday.

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