Jack Bloom MPL
DA Gauteng Health Spokesman
The Gauteng Health Department blames Eskom for persistent power failures at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, but there is no excuse for generators not to work, as happened in the early hours last week Friday when surgeons had to operate by the light of a cellphone.
According to Gauteng Health Spokesman Simon Zwane, the hospital has five generators “so when some generators do not kick-in, some do work”.
This is simply not good enough.
All generators should work all the time. They should be tested every week, and be properly maintained.
There is absolutely no excuse for a generator to fail.
Bara hospital has suffered from seven power failures this year, in some of which the generators did not work. In total, this amounts to about 48 hours without outside electricity.
Last year, the hospital was also plagued by disruptive power cuts.
The Gauteng Infrastructure Development Department is responsible for the maintenance of generators. We need to know why generators regularly fail at the hospital, and what is going to be done to ensure that this never happens again.