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Charlotte Maxeke Hospital Still Not Fully Operational

While the fourth wave of Covid-19 in South Africa is not the most severe installment of the pandemic, the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital continues to leave a considerable void in Gauteng’s health services.

The hospital caught fire in April last year, with the result that most units were forced to close. Once the oncology unit was reopened, several wards were flooded in November, which was another devastating setback for the hospital.

There is no clear indication of when the hospital will be fully operational again and what is being done to expedite the process of repairs.

The Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital is still one of the biggest hospitals in the southern hemisphere, with more than 1,000 beds and, being one of South Africa’s few facilities to offer oncology services, the impact caused by the fire last year and the subsequent flooding has been felt across the province and beyond.

In his open letter to the president, the head of internal medicine, Professor Adam Mohammed, said that these events had seen the hospital’s casualty and trauma facilities rendered un-operational. While the most essential, it is by no means the only services affected.

“Over 50/60 nurses resigned because of the terrible working conditions, especially professional nurses, ICU nurses and trauma nurses,” Mohammed said.

The hospital, which was opened in the 1970s, may not be fully operational until 2023. But in the meantime, it’s yet to be seen how the facility’s void will be filled by other healthcare facilities.

Tshwane hospitals admit Charlotte Maxeke patients after fire

Hospitals in Tshwane, already inundated with patients of their own, have come to the rescue after a fire broke out at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.

Patients from Charlotte Maxeke have been transferred to other medical facilities including the Steve Biko and Tshwane District hospitals.

Both hospitals came under the spotlight for not being able to sufficiently care for patients during the height of Covid-19.

This also comes at a time when the Gauteng Health Department has noted a rise in Covid-19 cases in Tshwane, Joburg and Ekurhuleni.

In Tshwane, there were 21 new cases in the City of Tshwane 3 sub-district, which includes Atteridgeville, Laudium, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria West Danville and Lotus. There have been 820 deaths in Region 3 since last March, the most in the Tshwane district.

Tshwane mayor Randall Williams said about 21 patients were transported to a Tshwane district hospital as of Saturday morning.

“The bravery of frontline healthcare workers based at the hospital must be praised as they played a critical role in ensuring that patients were evacuated. I would also like to send my thoughts to all those that were affected by the fires and pray that they recover fully,” he said.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura said Charlotte Maxeke would be temporarily shut down for seven days following the devastating fire.

As firefighters battled the blaze throughout the night on Friday and into Saturday morning, 400 patients were evacuated to other hospitals in the province.

Makhura said a call centre had been set up to deal with the concerns of families of patients and will also be used to call family members to inform them where their loved ones had been transferred to.

Of those patients who were transferred, 13 were positive for Covid-19 with two patients in the ICU.

Makhura said the province could not afford to have Charlotte Maxeke Hospital closed for too long as it was one of the pre-eminent hospitals in the province.

The fire was first detected early on Friday morning at the hospital’s special dispensary stores. Firefighters were able to contain the fire but 12 hours later it re-ignited.

Makhura said while they did not suspect foul play, he still wanted a full investigation into what caused the blaze.

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