Patients evacuated as hail storm batters Limpopo hospital

Inside Limpopo's Jane Furse Hospital, which was hit by a hail storm on Friday, December 21 2018.
Inside Limpopo's Jane Furse Hospital, which was hit by a hail storm on Friday, December 21 2018.
Image: Facebook/Neil Muhluri Shikwambana

Limpopo’s Jane Furse Hospital had to be evacuated in the early hours of Friday, December 21 2018, after being hit by a severe hail storm.

“The hospital has infrastructure damage from the hail storm. The passages in certain wards were flooded. The roof was also badly damaged,” said department of health spokesperson Neil Shikwambana.

“The storm caused serious flooding and damage to some crucial components of the hospital, which necessitated that patients be evacuated to nearby facilities, such as St Rita’s.”

Jane Furse Hospital in Limpopo had to be evacuated in the early hours of Friday morning after a hail storm hit the hospital.
Jane Furse Hospital in Limpopo had to be evacuated in the early hours of Friday morning after a hail storm hit the hospital.
Image: Supplied

He said emergency medical personnel had to secure documents and transport patients.

No injuries were reported.

On Thursday, December 20 2018, the South African Weather Service warned of heavy thunderstorms in the western parts of Limpopo.

Provincial health MEC Phophi Ramathuba will visit the hospital on Friday, December 21 2018.

Ramathuba hailed staff in the maternity ward as heroes for delivering nine healthy babies amid the chaos.


Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

X