Day hospital caught in blaze

2019-09-17 06:00
The hospital’s theatre section.

The hospital’s theatre section.

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Residents are advised to make use of the Mitchell’s Plain district hospital after a fire erupted at the Mitchell’s Plain day hospital on Friday 13 September. The City’s fire and rescue services spokesperson Jermaine Carelse, confirmed that they received an emergency call of a hospital alight in First Avenue, Mitchell’s Plain at 12:45. There were six firefighting appliances, a rescue vehicle, and an aerial appliance with a total of 28 staff on the scene. “The quick reaction time of the fire crews resulted in the fire being contained to the theatre section of the hospital,” he says.

Carelse confirmed all patients and staff were safely evacuated after the fire was brought under control just before 14:30.

According to Nomawethu Sbukwana, spokesperson of the Western Cape minister of health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, the fire affected parts of the theatre.

“Eight patients were transferred to the Mitchell’s Plain district hospital for further assessment,” she said. According to Sbukwana all emergency staff and maternity staff will be working at the district hospital until further notice.

Sbukwana said at this stage it is uncertain when the day hospital will be operational again. “The damage needs to be assessed first. Only after the assessment it will be determined whether the facilities can be used,” she added. “For now, we advise the residents to use the district hospital until further notice,” Sbukwana concluded.

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