The Westbury clinic in Johannesburg was left without electricity after it was tampered with the facility’s main power cable said the health and social development department on Wednesday.
The clinic’s operating manager said in a statement he saw an unknown man running from the building on Tuesday afternoon after a loud blow noise was heard. He also noted smoke from the same direction as the bang.
“The fire brigade was called for precaution and the patients were evacuated. It was a relief to know that there was no fire and the smoke was of wires that burned when the cables were cut, “the department added.
Due to damage to the main power cable, the generator, which serves as backup, could not be switched on.
Services at the clinic have been temporarily suspended and all vaccines have been sent to a nearby clinic for storage.
City Power is working to restore power to the clinic.
Protea South Clinic in Soweto also experiences power cuts due to residents in the area that still illegally connect to the generator.
Mpho Phalatse, Mayor Committee on Health and Social Development, calls on the community to name those who clinic and state agencies around the city. “It is worrying that our clinics are still being targeted by criminals. We can not afford to close our facilities because of vandalism, “she said. “I urge all communities to work with us to protect our facilities.”
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