Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
2 minute read
3 Jun 2021
5:00 am

‘Imagine the smell’: Water crisis in Gauteng hospitals

Marizka Coetzer

A nurse at Leratong hospital says the casualty ward was 'as if they slaughtered a cow in there' because they couldn’t clean the ward due to the lack of water.

Helen Joseph Hospital is a public hospital in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. It is affiliated to the University of Witwatersrand's Medical School as a teaching hospital. Picture: Gallo Images/Sydney Seshibedi

The Department of Health has been accused of passing the bucket as complaints pour in about the horrendous state of the Helen Joseph and other state hospitals following a weekend without water, which led to patients relieving themselves in plastic bags. Spokeswoman Kwara Kekana said the Gauteng department of health remains concerned about the ongoing water disruptions, which negatively impacted service provision at their facilities. She said the power failure as reported by Rand Water over the weekend affected the City of Joburg, Rand West local municipality, Merafong City local municipality and Mogale City local municipality, and resulted in reservoirs...