MEC Qedani Mahlangu on Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital power cuts

The Gauteng Health MEC, Ms Qedani Mahlangu, has noted with concern power cuts at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital this morning. MEC Mahlangu has assured the public that patient management was not compromised, as hospital generators kicked in promptly.

The hospital lost power around 3am today due to alleged cable theft in the area. The hospital’s 11 generators kicked in immediately, except one ICU generator.

Ms Mahlangu said the Department will investigate the reasons why the generator failed to kick in in order to ensure that such incident does not recur again.

All the patients (24) in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and High Care at the time were evacuated to recovery theatre. Emergency Ambulance was on standby to transfer patients to other facilities, in case that was required.

Power utility, City Power has assured the Department that power will be restored to the hospital sometime today.

Enquiries:

Steve Mabona

Cell: 072 574 3860

E-mail: mediaenquiries@gauteng.gov.za

SOURCE:SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICAL NEWS