Three die in special-needs home in Holon, cause unclear

Overnight between Saturday and Sunday, a number of residents began to feel bad and suffer from diarrhea. One woman passed out and died soon after and two others died.

 Handicap home Beit Dafna in Holon, where three residents died on May 1-2, 2022. (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)
Handicap home Beit Dafna in Holon, where three residents died on May 1-2, 2022.
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)

Three residents of Beit Dafna, a home for handicapped people in Holon, died in the last two days, the Welfare and Social Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Overnight between Saturday and Sunday, a number of residents began to feel bad and suffer from diarrhea. One woman passed out and died after a Magen David Adom team could not resuscitate her. Two others died on Monday morning, the statement read.

Welfare and Social Affairs Ministry Director-General Sigal Moran directed her office to investigate the issue.

A Health Ministry team found defects in the home’s kitchen and also opened an investigation.

Beit Dafna said in response, “The moment we received the initial report about the incident, the company in coordination with the certified authorities in the Welfare and Health ministries in order to identify what caused the saddening incident. As a first and immediate step, the existing kitchen was closed and food is being supplied to the residents by an external provider. The company is acting with complete transparency and full cooperation with all of the necessary professional bodies.”

 Holon (credit: Wikimedia Commons) Holon (credit: Wikimedia Commons)