Question NW331 to the Minister of Health
10 March 2023 - NW331
Ntlangwini, Ms EN to ask the Minister of Health
What (a) number of deaths are associated with the crisis of load shedding in (i) public hospitals and (ii) clinics in each province (details furnished) and (b) is the update from his department in rolling out automated generator power during load shedding at hospitals and clinics?
We are not aware of any deaths associated with the crisis of loadshedding as the question alleges. With regard to the details furnished by the Honourable Member, I am assured by the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health that there is no reported incident in Radiology relating to any death in CT/MRI due to loadshedding at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, as alleged. The Gauteng Provincial Department further confirms that the CT and MRI machines of the Hospital have uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and generators, which ensures the continuity of service during black-outs. It could be of great assistance if details of the abovementioned case can be made available to us for detailed investigation and response.