Allegations denied that Steve Biko Academic Hospital is on the verge of collapse

Academic Hospital’s acting chief executive Dr Mathabo Mathebula has denied allegations that the hospital’s oncology ward was under capacity and on the verge of collapse. “We need to clarify that at no stage was there a shut down. At no stage was there any machines broken down, it was the air conditioning that was being repaired and we battled to fix it. “It got repaired over time for two months, it was being repaired by the Department of Infrastructure until we resorted to calling the machine manufacturers to install the air cooling system that is now working,” Mathebula said. She was briefing the media after the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) conducted a site inspection at the hospital following the allegations, earlier today. Media reports alleged that about 934 cancer patients were awaiting radiation treatment at the hospital. There were also reports about the hospital’s failure to recruit an adequate number of staff and repair the broken down …
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