Radiation machines being fixed - Gauteng
Johannesburg - Two of the four radiation machines at Steve Biko Academic hospital which were reportedly not working are being repaired, the Gauteng health department said on Thursday.
"Following discussions by hospital management and the company [Siemens], the company agreed to fix two of the machines," department spokesperson Simon Zwane said.
On Wednesday, the DA in Gauteng said cancer patients at the hospital could not be treated as Siemens had refused to repair the machines because the department owed it R120m.
Zwane could not confirm when the machines would be ready.
"I don't know the technicalities, but we are hoping they will be fixed by today [Thursday] or tomorrow."
Zwane initially denied reports on Wednesday that the radiation machines were not working. Later, he said two of the four machines were functioning, and that the other two had stopped working on Wednesday.
DA spokesperson Jack Bloom said there was a backlog of about 120 cancer patients awaiting treatment.
Zwane said if a patient's treatment had been postponed, it would be for medical reasons.
He said Siemens had been paid R500 000 and that another R3.6m was being processed. The hospital could not immediately comment on the matter.