Two more attacks at hospitals; patient killed

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Hospital staff and patients came under attack in two separate incidents in the Eastern Cape at the weekend, with one patient stabbed to death in Ngcobo while doctors were still trying to save his life. And says a report in The Herald, in Uitenhage, a Tyeks Security guard was hailed a hero for his vigilance after he managed to foil a shooting at the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital on Friday morning.

The security guard, according to provincial health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo, managed to wrestle a gun from a man who had stolen it from a police officer at the state facility. The man is suspected to be mentally ill, Kupelo said.

The report says at All Saints Hospital in Ngcobo, a suspect barged into the casualty ward and stabbed a patient to death in the early hours of Sunday morning while doctors were still attending to him. The suspect is known to the police and an arrest is imminent, Kupelo said.

He said the hospital staff who witnessed the stabbing incident would receive trauma counselling.

The Herald report (subscription needed)

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