Charlotte Maxeke Hospital fire 'reignites', as patients evacuated and thieves target parked cars

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Patients have been evacuated from the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, after a fire “reignited” almost 12 hours after it was initially reported.

But adding to the chaos, according to the Gauteng infrastructure development department, thieves were targeting vehicles at the hospital premises, with two cars having already been stolen since the blaze reignited.

In a statement on Friday evening, the health department said firefighters were reactivated to the scene to battle the flames that initially broke out at around 11.30am.

“The hospital has already evacuated patients to other wards that are farther away from the fire. This is being done as a precaution and to protect patients from possible smoke inhalation.

“We are also looking at evacuating patients from the hospital to other facilities within the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital cluster,” the department said.

More at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...nts-evacuated-and-thieves-target-parked-cars/


 

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Fire hydrants at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital were fine at last inspection, says health department

No issues were reported during the last inspection at Johannesburg's Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital, and its fire hydrants were operational, says the Gauteng department of health.

Spokesperson Kwara Kekana said safety officers for the department of infrastructure development conduct inspections twice a year at hospitals.

She said information received from this department was that an inspection at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital was done in October/November last year and there were “no findings”.

“This means that the hydrants were all in good condition and functional,” she said.

Wynand Engelbrecht, the CEO of Fire Ops SA, a private company that took part in the firefighting operation, said at the weekend the hospital's fire hydrants were not working.

More at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...ne-at-last-inspection-says-health-department/
 

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Fire hydrants at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital were fine at last inspection, says health department

Johannesburg hospital fire: Unmaintained faulty smoke detectors, sprayers and hydrant connections​


The FF Plus has requested the Gauteng MEC for Health, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi, to submit a comprehensive report to the Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Health detailing the causes of the fire that broke out at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital on Friday afternoon, 16 April 2021, before the Hospital re-opens.

She must also indicate which steps will be taken to prevent similar disasters from occurring at provincial hospitals in the province in the future.

The damage the fire caused to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital could possibly have been less if smoke detectors, water spray systems and fire hydrant connections had been properly maintained.

Firefighters struggled for more than 12 hours to contain the fire that started in the storage room of one of the pharmacies.

The Johannesburg Fire Department had to send water trucks to the Hospital because numerous fire hydrants at the Hospital were not working.

According to reports, the Hospital’s smoke detectors and water spray systems also did not function as they should.

The Hospital management’s negligence and failure to properly maintain fire-fighting equipment not only increased the extent of the damage, but also put people’s lives at risk.

The Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, closed the 42-year-old Hospital on Sunday for a period of seven days.

The FF Plus demands that an investigation into the relevant precautionary measures and emergency plans at all other provincial hospitals in Gauteng must be conducted so as to prevent any further tragedies in the future.

In February, a fire also caused great damage to the Carletonville Hospital on the West Rand as protective medical equipment to the value of R23 million was destroyed.

People’s lives are paramount. In addition, moving sick patients to other hospitals that are already under immense pressure could have been avoided if the necessary safety measures had been in place.

The FF Plus awaits the report and will subsequently make recommendations.
 
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Well I think I would rather leave the hospital if possible, than me moved to another ward further from the fire. You should read what the final report from Grenfell tower found about the people that perished. Only a very sick person or dumb idiot stay in a burning building.
 

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JOHANNESBURG - Independent experts have raised serious concerns about the quality of safety inspections at old buildings following the fire that broke out at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.

The Gauteng Infrastructure Development Department said that it had an entire team responsible for planned maintenance and these inspections were done routinely.
 

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Regarding the removal of the smoke control doors, I doubt the cadres in management there even knew they were fire control doors. They were probably regarded as in the way of trolleys and silly colonial ideas.
 

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‘The system is going to implode’: Cancer treatment backlogs grow after Charlotte Maxeke fire

Hundreds of cancer patients have missed out on treatment for at least three weeks after last month’s fire suspended oncology services at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. The Gauteng health department has warned that radiation treatment lists are likely to grow and activists say a backlog in cases may threaten to overload an already stretched system.

It is Friday morning and Jennifer Blowers has just taken another wrong turn.

“I think we go this way,” her partner, Warren Potter, calls from behind her. He points to a silver sign hanging high above a row of socially distanced blue plastic chairs lined against a wall.

Blowers is only half-listening as she scans the walls for directions to the front desk at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. She is distracted – and anxious.

Blowers was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in early February and was scheduled to start chemotherapy at Charlotte Maxeke on April 23. But just days before her first appointment, a fire damaged Charlotte Maxeke’s radiation clinic and chemotherapy preparation facilities.

By that time, the lump in her breast had already doubled in size.

Blowers is one of at least 750 former Charlotte Maxeke patients who Breast Health Foundation CEO Louise Turner estimates have gone without cancer treatment for at least three weeks due to the fire. In addition, many newly diagnosed patients have spent weeks without being referred for care.

The Helen Joseph Hospital Breast Clinic, for example, could not refer any newly diagnosed patients for care as of late last week.

“That first chemotherapy session was going to help alleviate my pain and [reduce] the inflammation,” says Blowers. “I was actually looking forward to it.”

Unsure of what the fire initially meant for her chemotherapy, Blowers telephoned the hospital, the health department and a dedicated provincial hotline – to no avail, she says. However, early this month, the Helen Joseph Breast Clinic (where she was first diagnosed) called her to let her know that Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital would see Charlotte Maxeke chemo patients for treatment on May 7 – three weeks after the fire.

More at: https://www.news24.com/citypress/Ne...ogs-grow-after-charlotte-maxeke-fire-20210521
 

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Inside the deserted passages of Charlotte Maxeke Hospital — and the desperation of the patients in need of help

A hospital worker, who wishes not to be identified, has shared a collection of images taken inside the deserted Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. The Wits Faculty of Health Sciences calls it a humanitarian crisis and has appealed for the undamaged parts of the hospital to be reopened as a matter of urgency, as cancer and palliative groups say desperate patients need urgent care.

The fire that swept through parts of Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, forcing its closure, has had a ripple effect, with surrounding hospitals taking massive strain. Patients who need lifesaving treatment are forced to seek help elsewhere and often face a long wait. Medical students worry about how the closure of the teaching hospital will affect their training.

A third wave of Covid-19 is sweeping through Gauteng. A hospital the size of Charlotte Maxeke is desperately needed in the province, but details of plans to reopen it remain sketchy

More at: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/art...-desperation-of-the-patients-in-need-of-help/


 
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