Bara Hospital emergency generator fails

By: Jack Bloom MPL DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health Patients’ lives were at risk in the early hours of this morning when the generator for emergency operating theatres at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital failed to work after a power failure. Electricity was cut to the hospital for unexplained reasons at 03:00, and the generators all kicked in, but at 03:30 the generator for emergency theatres failed and only came back at 08:00 Emergency patients were moved to other theatres, but it is of great concern that a key generator was out of action for four-and-a-half hours. There is a disturbing history of failed promises to ensure that Bara hospital has a reliable electricity supply. This latest incident raises questions about proper maintenance of generators that have failed on previous occasions. Frequent power cuts worsen the enormous surgery backlog at Bara, where nearly 5000 patients wait for operations. We need answers from the Gauteng Health Department why our largest hospital is still plagued by power disruptions. [END] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################