The recent severe weather in Gauteng has had a significant impact on health facilities in the province. The strong winds damaged power lines feeding the Zuikerbosch water treatment plant in Vereeniging, exacerbating the already high water demand.
This has caused water shortages in several healthcare facilities, including Bertha Gxowa Hospital and Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.
According to Rand Water spokesperson Makenosi Maroo, the power trip at the water treatment plant revealed faults along the overhead power lines supplying the auxiliary plant. Repair work has already commenced, but the situation remains challenging.
Despite the challenges, Pholosong Hospital in Ekurhuleni and Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg have successfully restored their water supply and are now back to normal operations. However, the situation is still fragile and requires ongoing monitoring.
The Gauteng Department of Health has not taken these challenges lightly. Spokesperson Motalatale Modiba assured the public that contingency measures have been activated, and the department is working closely with local authorities and water utilities to mitigate the negative impact of water outages.
Continued Efforts to Ensure Water Supply
While Bertha Gxowa Hospital experienced water shortages earlier in the day, the situation improved as water started flowing in from the municipal line. Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, on the other hand, continues to rely on roving water tankers from Johannesburg Water and their own boreholes to meet their water needs.
The ongoing repair work at the Zuikerbosch water treatment plant is crucial for restoring a stable water supply to the affected areas. Once completed, it will alleviate the strain on healthcare facilities and ensure uninterrupted water access for patients and staff.
The Gauteng Department of Health remains vigilant in monitoring the water supply situation. With the activation of contingency measures, the department is committed to keeping healthcare facilities operational and providing quality healthcare services to the public.
It is important for the public to understand the challenges faced by the healthcare sector during this time. Patience and cooperation are greatly appreciated as the repair work continues and the water supply is gradually restored.
The damage caused by the recent severe weather in Gauteng has had a significant impact on health facilities in the province. Water shortages have affected several hospitals, but repair work is underway to restore a stable water supply.
The Gauteng Department of Health is actively working to mitigate the negative impact of water outages and ensure the continued provision of healthcare services. With ongoing monitoring and the activation of contingency measures, the department is committed to overcoming these challenges and serving the public.