An unexplained fire in Durban’s Addington hospital resulted in 84 patients being evacuated. Elevators have been out of order in hospital for 18 months.
The Addington Hospital in Durban had to act quickly to remove patients from the seventh floor after a fire occurred.
About 84 patients, 25 of whom were newly born babies, had to be taken to safety while firefighters assisted.
Heavy smoke clouds later threatened the ninth to thirteenth floor which forced management to implement the hospital’s emergency plan because the fire brigade had not yet arrived.
The fire was still unknown, but investigators would try to figure out what could cause panic in the hospital.
State hospitals are ever so often in the news and not because of good medical care but rather patients tied to chairs, lack of high-care medical equipment, and the fact that patients often have to take care of bedding themselves.
The quality of food has drastically deteriorated and staff’s lack of care and unwillingness to perform their duties cause patients to die.
Claims against hospitals for surgery and treatment that went wrong cost the state millions of rand a year.
Medical experts warn the country for the day as a national health plan is being put in place and forced private hospitals to join the diabolic scheme.
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