Storm-wrecked KZN hospitals repair bill close to R100m

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Close to R100m will be spent on repairs to healthcare facilities in KwaZulu-Natal following last week’s devastating storm. The Times reports that torrential rains fell across KZN during the “supercell” storm – an intense weather phenomenon characterised by a deep rotating updraft. It is associated with tornadoes‚ large hail‚ strong winds and flash flooding. The storm battered the province and claimed the lives of 15 people‚ while resulting in millions of rands in insurance claims.

Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said patients have been their priority. “We are happy that the premier is directly involved in ensuring that normalcy in all areas of concern is speedily restored. A sum of R98.2m is required and will necessitate the involvement of the Department of Public Works‚ the Treasury Crack Team and the Department of Health‚” said Dhlomo in the report.

Durban’s Wentworth Hospital requires R28.4m for repair work. Damage includes roofs that were blown off various wards and departments. Other facilities affected include KwaDabeka Community Health Centre‚ St Aidan’s Hospital‚ Osindisweni Hospital‚ Clairwood Hospital‚ Ekuhlengeni Hospital‚ Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital‚ KwaZulu Central Laundry‚ Addington Hospital‚ King Edward VIII Hospital‚ the Provincial Pharmaceutical Supply Depot and Charles James Hospital.

Replacement or repairs to roofs and rebuilding of walls are listed at most of the facilities‚ while some require new equipment because water damaged the existing units.

The report says Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital‚ in Umlazi‚ situated at the bottom of a steep slope‚ suffered two fatalities after a freestanding wall collapsed.

The Times report

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