Tebogo Msimanga |
“About 2000 outpatients a day cannot be treated at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital (CMJH) since the fire damage on 16 April this year, causing much suffering as other hospitals are unable to cope with the extra patients referred to them.” DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health Jack Bloom said this information was disclosed on Tuesday by Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi in an oral reply to his questions at a sitting of the Gauteng Legislature.
“According to Mokgethi, the partially reopened hospital now sees only 381 outpatients a day on average, compared to 2344 outpatients before the fire – a reduction of 84%”. Departments that are still closed include some of the surgical and medical specialities, psychiatry, accident and emergency, trauma unit, maternity emergencies and paediatric emergencies.
The majority of outpatient services have been transferred to other hospitals with CMJH staff and equipment. This causes major disruptions in treatment and much inconvenience as sick patients have to travel further distances.
Bloom added that only 489 beds have been opened at CMJH, compared to more than 1000 beds previously. “Mokgethi could not give a firm date for the opening of all departments at CMJH as this is dependent on work done by the Department of Infrastructure Development.”