Director: Communication: Lesemang Matuka Cell: 072 025 3605 Department of Health 26/06/2019 - 06:56
Gauteng Department of Health is pleased to announce that some of the key service areas at Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital in Soweto have been handed back to us by the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development.
The key areas handed to us, amongst others, include, pharmacy, theatre 2, 3 and 4, surgical A and B. We have notified the Department of Labour about the progress made and they support the use of these areas to effect services as soon as possible.
"We are also pleased to announce that the Department of Infrastructure Development's service provider is onsite and busy replacing the filters prioritising causality and Out Patient Department and other wards", said Gauteng Head of Department Professor Mkhululi Lukhele.
Furthermore, Professor Lukhele pronounced that the Department is working on a plan to bring back patients who were sent to other facilities and that majority of them have been discharged based on clinical judgement and decisions. For example, 23 patients out of 30 who were sent to Lenasia South District Hospital have already been discharged
The hospital has communicated with the families of patients who were transferred to various institutions. A help desk is also made available within the institution for inquiries.
The investigation on the cause of the fire is still ongoing and we commit to continuously update our stakeholders on the progress. Although we might have lost some documents during the fire it is important to share with you that most of the documents in the hospital are saved electronically and there are back up files.
"We would like thank the employees (both support and the professionals) for their support and cooperation during this difficult time. This also goes out to the community for their patients while we are working around the clock to bring the service back to normality", concluded Professor Lukhele.
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