Armed guards to protect Mpumalanga health workers

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Mpumalanga provincial hospitals and clinics will be protected by armed guards after a spate of robberies at health facilities in the province. The Times reports that the provincial community safety department said that it had resolved to deploy armed guards in all provincial hospitals and community health centres.

“This follows a number of robbery incidences that took place in various health facilities over the past few months‚” spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said. “The latest incident occurred last month in Mapulaneng Hospital where a doctor was nearly shot by robbers who were conducting a robbery at the doctor’s residence‚” he added.

Mabuza said a security situational analysis was conducted on safety at health facilities during a meeting between Mpumalanga Health MEC Gillion Mashego‚ Finance MEC Eric Kholwane and Community Safety and Security and Liaison MEC Pat Ngomane.

“The meeting resolved that armed guards will be deployed with immediate effect to ensure the safety of our people‚ including patients‚ doctors and nurses‚” said Mabuza.

It was not immediately clear whether the existing guards at the hospital were certified to carry firearms or whether new guards‚ with the appropriate certification‚ would be brought in.

Mabuza was not immediately available to answer this question, the report said.

The Times report

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