Electricity restored at Chris Hani Baragwanath
Johannesburg - Full power has been restored to Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, following a power cut, Gauteng Department of Health spokesperson Steve Mabona said.
"The power was restored at about 13:45," he said.
Patients had to be evacuated to the recovery theatre after the hospital lost power in the early hours of Tuesday morning as a result of alleged cable theft in the area.
Although 11 of the hospital’s generators kicked in promptly, one generator to power the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) did not function immediately. However, Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu said in a statement that the department will investigate why the one generator failed to kick in.
She also assured the public that patient management was not compromised.
"All the patients  in the ICU and High Care at the time were evacuated to the recovery theatre. The emergency ambulance was on standby to transfer patients to other facilities, in case that was required," said Mahlangu.
The DA expressed concern about the generator failure, claiming that some patients would have died had doctors and nurses not intervened.
"I am appalled that yet again there has been a generator failure at this hospital," said DA health spokesperson Jack Bloom. "There has to be accountability and firm steps taken to ensure that this never happens again."