Hundreds of patients in one of Gauteng’s largest medical facilities are being relocated on Saturday morning, after a partially extinguished fire reignited overnight. The blaze has suspended several major operations at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital – and it’s likely to negatively impact the centre’s fight against COVID-19.
Charlotte Maxeke Hospital fire – latest news and updates
Several videos taken from in and around the facility have provided us with some harrowing footage. Flames spread across multiple floors of Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, scorching the external walls in the process. Firefighting crews have spent at least 15 hours trying to quell the inferno, and health care staff have been praised for their swift response as well.
It was left to nurses and doctors to evacuate patients receiving care within the wards. They were able to get the infirmed citizens to safety, and going forward, all patients moved out of the hospital will be transferred to other treatment centres within the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital Cluster…
Watch: Charlotte Maxeke Hospital fire sparks mass evacuations
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Premier Makhura confirms ‘shutdown’ in place
Gauteng Premier David Makhura was also on the scene earlier today. He confirmed that the hospital would suspend operations for the next seven days as a precaution. Thankfully, no loss of life or serious casualties have been reported:
“This is one of the biggest hospitals in our province, and central in the fight against COVID-19. At around 11:20 yesterday, there were five officials and two security members who caught the fire. It has been recommended that we must temporarily shut down Charlotte Maxeke hospital for the next seven days. The transfer of more than 400 patients has already started.”
“There has been no loss of life or casualties as a result of the fire, but we must take precautionary measures. Smoke is going into other wards. The suspension of operations here has not been taken lightly. We are guided by the specialists.”