Gauteng Health MEC concerned about number of fires in healthcare facilities

No casualties were reported after staff managed to extinguish the fire.

FILE: 18 patients and one body had to be transferred to other areas of the hospital as a precaution. Image: Provided

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi says while a police investigation into Monday morning’s fire at Steve Biko University Hospital in Tshwane is ongoing, the number of fires at health facilities across the province is cause for concern and sabotage cannot be immediately ruled out.

No casualties were reported after staff managed to extinguish the fire.

However, 18 patients and one body had to be moved to other areas of the hospital as a precaution.

Mokgethi was speaking at the Social and Governance Cluster post-budget vote briefing at the Gauteng Legislative Assembly.

“Where I’m sitting I see you reaching for the CEO’s incident report for details and then we’re also waiting for SAPS to conduct its own investigation into the cause of the fire.”

During this time, she will also receive a report on Charlotte Maxeke Hospital which has been struggling to recover from a fire that tore through the facility more than a year ago.

“It seems that every year at the Ministry of Health we have to deal with fires. I will be getting a report in the afternoon from the law enforcement agency, specifically on the Charlotte issue.

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