CentralSASewage spillages at Pelonomi's mortuary concern workers - VIDEO
─── LUCKY NKUYANE 14:28 Tue, 25 Jan 2022
Sewage spillages at the parking lot of the Bloemfontein Pelonomi Hospital’s mortuary in the Free State have stirred up quite a serious concern from some of the workers.
The spillages could be seen and smelled just outside the mortuary. OFM News captured a video showing what seems like clean water and sewage spillages spreading across the parking lot, seemingly unattended to. The hospital is no stranger to controversy.
In 2021, frustrated workers downed tools to protest about their concerns over the alleged lack of safety, security, and good working conditions. The Free State Department of Health is yet to respond to OFM News' inquiry.
Earlier this month, OFM News reported that the hospital’s unfinished maternity ward continues to be a thorn in the hospital’s side, with the ongoing shortage of beds at the facility being blamed on the incomplete ward.
Health Minister, Joe Phaahla, revealed in his written response to a question posed by the Freedom Front Plus’ Philippus Adriaan van Staden, on the Parliamentary Monitoring Group's (PMG) website, that the contractor who was appointed to expand the facility, “terminated” his agreement with the hospital whilst the project was 40% completed. It is unknown what the reason behind the termination is or when it occurred precisely.
In December 2021, Pelonomi staff, including nursing staff, cleaners, porters, and security personnel, downed tools over what they deemed to be unsafe working conditions. Central to their list of complaints was the aforementioned maternity ward.