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Lenasia South District Hospital left without water, electricity or a cell phone signal

Goodhope Dlangamandla | goodhope@radioislam.co.za
9 December 2022 | 11:45 AM CAT
1 min read

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Goodhope Dlangamandla | goodhope@radioislam.co.za
9 December 2022 | 11:45 AM CAT
1 min read

According to health journalist Jesse Copelyn, at the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism, the municipal, provincial, and federal administrations failed to provide water, electricity, or cell phone service to the Lenasia South District Hospital.

Seventy-seven hospitals around the country are now exempt from load shedding due to lobbying from the public and medical staff at state facilities. The facilities exempted in Gauteng include Helen Joseph Hospital and Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital. Health staff at such establishments confirmed to Bhekisisa that there hadn’t been any power outages since the government announced them. 

The Lenasia District Hospital is one of the few not on the list of exempted hospitals.

The hospital had Stage 4 load shedding during November, which resulted in the hospital losing power intermittently for seven and a half hours daily. 

Copelyn told Radio Islam International on Wednesday that the Gauteng Health Department was accused of not paying the people in charge of ensuring enough fuel for the generators. 

“The department confirmed that there were problems with diesel supply, but they did not provide the reason why.” 

As a result, Lenasia District Hospital didn’t have electricity for some hours in November. 

Listen to the interview with the host of the Sabahul Muslim show, Sulaimaan Ravat, with health journalist Jesse Copelyn from Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism.

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