The Limpopo department of health has announced that the Mokopane Hospital in Limpopo has been partially temporarily closed. This is after heavy thunderstorms damaged the hospital’s electricity supply infrastructure that includes a medium voltage pole and cables.
The Mokopane hospital has been forced to run for over 36 hours by means of a stand by generator.
Technicians tried to fix the generator but it only managed to run for few hours before suffering more break downs.
MOKOPANE HOSPITAL TEMPORARILY CLOSED
“Due to the fact that the country is now on stage 4 load shedding. The department is unable to reassign generators from other facilities to assist in the meantime. Since they also need the generators for load shedding,” said the department.
“As a result, ICU patients at Mokopane Hospital have been evacuated to Petersburg and Mankweng Hospitals. Other patients have been taken to Voortrekker Hospital.”
The department has advised community members who wanted to visit the casualty or OPD to go to Voortrekker or George Masebe hospitals.
“Eskom technicians and the department’s infrastructure unit are on the ground working around the clock to ensure that this challenge is resolved.”