Staff and patients attacked, equipment damaged during at Carolina Hospital


MEC for Mpumalanga Health Sasekani Manzini has denounced the criminal assault on Caroline Hospital’s patients and staff. She has called on the community members to help police and staff to protect the hospital.

It is alleged that in the early hours of Saturday morning June 17 a group of armed men stormed the hospital, first demanding that one of their partners who had a stab wound be attended to before going on to rob patients and staff of their belongings.

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Medical equipment and furniture in the casualty unit were also vandalised.

Broken glass in the door leading to the Nurses Duty Room at Carolina Hospital. Image: Mpumalanga Department of Health


“We are very much disturbed by the incident, and we appeal to all the members of the community to work with the Department and SAPS in protecting the hospital and the staff and this issue will further be discussed with the MEC of our sister Department of Community Safety and Liason,” said Manzini.

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Following discussions between the Department of Health, SAPS and trade unions, it was agreed that burglar bars would be installed in the nurses’ duty rooms and that police will be patrolling every hour, especially on weekends. Manzini further says they will be providing counseling to the affected staff and patients, including the security officers who were on duty by Psychologists.

The Department is yet to determine the costs of the damaged equipment and property.