The Gauteng Health Department, which is facing an increasing demand for treatment at government hospitals, has called for its facilities to be exempted from power and water cuts.
This follows an open letter from a doctor at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital. He wrote about iincubators shutting down when there is a power failure, a brokenscanner and concerns about the risk of infection because the faucets are dry.
< span >“Hospitals provide essential services and should be exempt from business interruption. Unfortunately, health care facilities often bear the brunt of water supply disruptions and power outages,” the department said Tuesday.
The Rahima Moosa facility has at the city Johannesburg is requesting to be excluded from the load-shedding plan to ensure minimal disruption to services and is awaiting a response, the department said.
Alternative measures have been taken to address disruptions To counteract the hospital’s water supply, it said, including a borehole donated by Gift of the Givers and water tanks provided by Johannesburg Water are ideal as they sometimes fail to provide an adequate water supply.”
Health officials would contact the Gauteng infrastructure department to close old and rusted pipes replacing and re-routing those that run under the hospital, they said.
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The hospital has in experienced an increase in patient burden without an increase in infrastructure development over the past decade, the department said is the second highest number in the country.
“In order to increase the capacity of the hospital, 22 beds have been repurposed over the past two years to accommodate more antenatal patients, making a total of 56 antenatal beds , which is insufficient.”
Despite the challenges, the department said that t Here is a working infection control process at the facility, adding that the recorded rate of hospital-acquired infections in the hospital over the last 12 months avg daily was 1.38%.
In addition to overcrowding, key challenges include access to 24-hour laboratory services for which tThe hospital relies on the neighboring Helen Joseph Hospital and availability of essential supplies. These were compounded by the impact of the closure of the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, where cleanup work is progressing following a fire.
The department announced on The Appointment of a stock controller has been completed to help manage key supplies.
Regarding CAT scans, there was an outage of the 16 year old machine mid-year. February. However, the department said there were minimal delays as patients were referred and transported to nearby facilities, including Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital and Leratong Hospital.
Immediate repairs on the machine were negated by the discovery of further errors. Parts of the convicted CT scanner at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital will be used to repair the one at Rahima Moosa, the department said.
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