Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has conveyed condolences to the families of the two victims who died on Tuesday (4 May 2020) when a ward at Modimolle's FH Odendaal Hospital in Limpopo was gutted by fire, reports TimesLIVE. Other patients were rescued.
In the early hours, a fire broke out in the hospitalʼs COVID-19 ward, which saw nurses spring into action to contain the blaze before the fire department arrived, reports News24.
“We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of two patients after a fire that broke out at the hospital's COVID-19 ward. We convey our sincerest condolences to the families who have suffered this devastating loss, while they must have still hoped to see their loved ones returned to them from hospital,” Mkhize said.
“I commend the nurses who extinguished the fire and rescued the patients inside the wards. We share in your pain in having experienced the loss of two patients, but we also pay homage to your heroism as you kept your oath and protected your patients.”