Hospital feeling lack of water for operations
Philadelphia Hospital in Limpopo has been forced to schedule operations according to the availability of water.
Authorities at the hospital have a task of switching off pipes pumping water to the institution's reservoir at night.This is done to allow the reservoir to fill up, authorities said.
The shortage of water in the Sekhukhune district municipality (SDM) in Limpopo is impacting negatively on the operations at the hospital and five clinics in the Moutse area.The outlet pipes are switched off at 6pm on a daily basis and switched on the following morning, to ensure that there would be enough water for the institution to operate smoothly.
The SDM is also trying to provide water tankers to the hospital, though it is not enough to allow for the smooth running of the institution.
"We do get periodical supply of water tankers to the hospital but the water is not enough," said spokesperson for the Limpopo department of health Neil Shikwambana.
"This impacts negatively on our operations in the theatre, which are required to be done daily depending on the availability of patients needing such [operations]." He said in case of emergencies, they would not switch off the pump machines to ensure continuous pumping of water into the reservoir.
"When there is a shortage of water we would communicate with SDM to provide such," he said, adding that there had not been any patient who had lost their lives due to the shortage of water.
"There had also not been an outbreak of any disease as a result of the shortage of water at the hospital," he said.
SDM mayor Stanley Ramaila said though they were trying to provide water to the hospitals in the area, they were experiencing a problem due to the serious shortage of water in the district.
"We are aware of the problem of water provision in hospitals in the area but we are trying our best with the meagre resources we have at our disposal," said Ramaila."
We also provide water tankers to the hospitals to ensure that operations do not get impacted negatively.
"We are aware of the inconvenience caused by shortage of water and we are not folding our arms. We want the problem to be resolved," he said.