THE lives of theatre patients in the rural Manguzi Hospital in northern Zululand are at risk after the air conditioners stopped working.
The hospital theatre has been operating without air conditioners for the past three months.
The matter has been reported to the provincial health department.
Doctors have been forced to conduct operations using fans to cool down the theatre during the summer heat, which can soar to over 30 degrees Celsius.
Yesterday hospital officials told Sowetan that operations had been halted because of the lack of air conditioning.
Some urgent operations had to be cancelled and doctors forced to conduct procedures at night when the temperatures were cooler.
Head of the KwaZulu-Natal health department Sibongile Zungu admitted that the hospital theatre had been operating without air conditioners, blaming the problem on Eskom.
She said the hospital had appealed to Eskom several times to provide them with the right power supply quantity, without any success.
Eskom was unavailable for comment. - Mhlaba Memela