Operations at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital are expected to resume on 3 May after parts of the hospital were gutted by a fire last week, reports News24. The fire affected two blocks, which will remain closed until a detailed structural assessment is completed.
The Gauteng Health Department said more than 800 patients were transferred to 17 health facilities in the province. “The rest of the hospital, which was not affected by the fire, is being prepared for the resumption of services and the return of patients. All patients will be transferred during the weekend of 1-2 May 2021 and the hospital will resume services from 3 May 2021,” the department said.
News24 reports that the fire significantly damaged parts of the structure. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said the fire started at the dispensary section, where personal protective equipment and other essential supplies were kept.
“The building has shown significant damages, especially where the fire happened. In some areas, there are the destruction of floors and some floors riddled with holes. We have received a report, indicating the level of damages and expedited a timeline (for) contractors’ appointment to clear and assess the damage,” he was quoted as saying.
He said that a thorough assessment needed to be done by structural engineers, who will look at which part of the building is compromised and to what extent it is damaged.