Faizel Patel – 17/04/2021
The Gauteng government has moved to temporarily shut down Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital for seven days after a severe fire at the facility.
The fire broke out on Friday morning affecting the dispensary where all the dry and medical items are kept.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire but 12 hours later it re-ignited.
Gauteng Health Department’s Kwarra Kekana says details on the cause of fire is still unknown.
“The primary focus at this stage is to save lives and ensure a total evacuation of all the remaining 270 patients to other facilities. Theevacuation of patients is a safety precaution due to concern of smoke contamination.”
Kekana says CMJAH has been diverting in coming patients to other facilities since Friday at noon and is not taking any new patients.
“We are appealing to walk-in patients to seek medical services at other facilities closest to them.”
Kekana says the Gauteng Provincial Government has activated the provincial call centre to allow family members of the patients to obtain more information about which facilities their loved ones have been transferred to.