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Boiler breakdown at Steve Biko Hospital affects crucial services

Services at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Tshwane have been disrupted after the breakdown of three vital boilers, with air conditioning and air heaters, cooking, hot water, autoclaving, refrigeration and freezers, among other things, all being affected.

“The hospital’s boiler infrastructure supplies steam power to various health facilities within Steve Biko complex – Tshwane District Hospital, Pretoria Oral and Dental Hospital, Tshwane Rehabilitation Hospital, Pretoria Forensic Pathology Mortuary, Tshwane Health District’s Crisis Centre, Pretoria Hospital School and the SG Lourens Nursing Campus,” said Gauteng Health Department spokesperson Motaletale ModibaModiba.

The boilers are used interchangeably, reports TimesLIVE.

“Two are coal-powered while the third is a dual or hybrid gas/light fuel/diesel unit. One boiler has been undergoing statutory maintenance and is expected to be back online in May.

“The second boiler collapsed on 17 April and is now offline pending repairs. The department expects the third boiler to be online within the next few days,” said Modiba.

 

TimesLIVE article – Breakdown of steam boiler at Steve Biko Hospital affects cooking, aircon and services (Open access)

 

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