2017/03/03 Gopolang Leepile
The Gauteng Department of Health has announced that services are functioning normally after a roof collapsed at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.
The collapse took place yesterday afternoon, in a passage near the maternity department on the hospital street. None of the patients were injured, only two construction workers, two members of the public and one hospital staff.
Premier David Makhura along with MEC for Health, Gwen Ramokgopa, and MEC for Infrastructure development, Jacob Mamabolo together with Minister of health Aron Motsoaledi visited the hospital yesterday immediately after the incident occurred.
MEC Mamabolo said yesterday that contractor negligence is being investigated and its contract is terminated with immediate effect. He further said that the department will check whether the resident engineer and contractor did their jobs properly.
The department has also placed contingency measures to ensure that the hospital runs smoothly, which includes redirecting patients using a public transport to gate 6 of the hospital as well as barricading the affected area where the roof caved for inspection and investigation.
MEC Ramokgopa said: “the department will continue to monitor this situation and we are also working closely with the Department of Infrastructure Development to resolve this matter quickly.”
The Department of Infrastructure Development is concluding the final clean-up of the affected area.
Premier Makhura also said that the department will ensure that there is no disruption of hospital services and the safety of patients, stuff and the public in the hospital vicinity.