A two-year-old girl was allegedly raped while in a Covid-19 isolation ward at a hospital in South Africa. The child was sexually abused while in isolation for COVID-19 treatment at the Dr. George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Pretoria, it has been claimed in a report by The Daily Mail.
The toddler’s aunt, who remains anonymous to protect the identity of the child, said that the girl was admitted to the hospital after developing symptoms of Covid-19.
The victim’s mother was informed by the hospital that she needed to be placed in an isolation ward. The mother went home but was contacted that evening and told the child was crying and appeared to be in pain.
According to the aunt, the mother and child were referred to the George Mukhari Hospital by the KT Motubatse clinic in Soshanguve on June 15. In her words:
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 11 pm 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. When the mother closely inspected her child she could see that there had been penetration.
The girl was taken back to the hospital where a nurse said there was an indication that the child had been raped.
The police and the hospital are investigating the matter and promise the perpetrator will be punished.