Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

South Africa hospital roof collapse sparks search

South Africa hospital roof collapse sparks search

Several patients are trapped after the a collapsed at a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, emergency service officials said.

Johannesburg's Emergency Medical Service said they were working hard to remove the rubble in a bid to find any patients which may have been trapped beneath the debris.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse at the entrance of the academic hospital near the maternity ward. The five sustained minor tissue injuries, amongst them, two patients, two workers and one staff member.

"The contractors were busy with roof repairs on that section of the hospital today when the roof caved in", Malotana said.

"The rest of the hospital is safe. They were doing it in phases, seal one area and move the rubble in another area, and in that process a part of the roof collapsed".

Gauteng provincial health minister Gwen Ramokgopa said workers were on the roof when it collapsed into a public area of the Charlotte Maxeke hospital in central Johannesburg.

Gauteng Health Department spokesperson, Steve Mabona, is on record as saying that "very minimal disruptions" would be caused during the fix project.

Jack Bloom, health spokesperson for the Democratic Alliance in the local Gauteng province, said he had warned the hospital was "structurally unsound".

Reports that the hospital had structural problems reportedly surfaced earlier past year, when the DA's Jack Bloom noted broken ceiling panels, amongst other problems, during an inspection.

More emergency services are still arriving.

Emergency services are now on the scene trying to stabilise the main entrance where the collapse happened.

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