Katutura State Hospital almost amputated a Rundu man’s leg after a wrong cancer diagnosis while a woman from Windhoek had her operation cancelled four times last month.
Lukas Poroto (55)’s leg started swelling without any injury two months ago. So he visited a Rundu hospital where he was diagnosed (supposedly) with cancer.
“After my diagnosis, I was transferred to the Katutura State Hospital where they confirmed that indeed I had cancer. So they told me that they would cut off my leg but I refused, at first
“It just did not feel right. I could not imagine myself without a leg or depending on my wife. Just imagine who was going to support my family? I later gave in because I was convinced that the operation was my only solution,” said Poroto.
Before the operation, they decided to re-run the initial test just to check on what treatment they would prescribe for me, only for the result to come out negative.
“I was very glad that I did not have cancer but I was angry at the same time. Just imagine if I had gone for the operation and had my leg cut off without the re-run test! These people should take people’s lives seriously lest they kill us,” said Poroto.
In another case, Nanguvei Kavara, a cancer patient, had her operation cancelled four times in September.
Kavara’s operation had first been postponed because the doctor who was to operate on her was on leave. The second cancellation was because the theater room was fully booked while the third one was because there was no electricity. With the fourth cancellation, she was told there was no oxygen at the Katutura State Hospital.
“This has been very disappointing. They keep giving me excuses and setting further dates. Now they have promised to operate on me this month. I pray that it will be done so I can get this over with. I am tired of coming here with expectations, only to go back without any assistance. These people are not keen on helping me at all, neither do they care about what we are going through,” said Kavara.
Kavara was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago and a month ago, she finished her chemotherapy treatment. Now she awaits an operation that seems not to be forthcoming.
Even though Poroto was admitted for a week at the Katutura State Hospital’s second floor, the public relations officer at the hospital, Dr Libita, declined to comment citing ignorance of both cases.