Gauteng Health MEC, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa paid a visit to Sterkfontein Hospital on Thursday, 12 October 2017 to assess infrastructure damage caused by the recent storm.
A roof of a ward was blown whilst a palisade fence around one ward was damaged by strong winds and flying corrugated iron from the roofs.
"I am quite satisfied and happy to inform the public that no patients were injured. I discovered that staff members and affected patients are traumatised by the incident and the management is providing appropriate counselling to them", said MEC Ramokgopa.
"To ensure that services continue and to minimise trauma, panic amongst the patients and staff, patients from the affected wards were moved to a newly renovated ward. In the meantime, the facility will be closed for new admissions for the rest of the week while the situation is being monitored", added the MEC.
At Tara Moross hospital a perimeter brick wall collapsed largely due to the amount of water and to ensure that patient care is not compromised and services continue running, two additional security officials were deployed. A temporarily corrugated fence has also been installed to ensure patient safety.
"I would like to commend and thank the hospital management for ensuring that the fallen trees and debris that were blocking the roads especially the main gate are cleared. Moreover, the Department is prioritizing the safety of patients in all facilities and working around the clock to ensure that patients are kept in a safe environment at all times", concluded MEC Ramokgopa.
Issued by the Gauteng Department of Health
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