Free State Nehawu reacts to flooding at Pelonomi

───   LUCKY NKUYANE 13:37 Wed, 09 Feb 2022

Free State Nehawu reacts to flooding at Pelonomi  | News Article

The National Education, Health, and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) says it’s not shocked by the water leaking from pipes on the roof of the Pelonomi Hospital’s maternity ward in Bloemfontein.

The secretary of Nehawu’s Mangaung branch, Thabo Nkomo, tells OFM News that they have been speaking out on the issue of health and safety for years but seemingly their calls have been falling on deaf ears. Nkomo says he understand that the operations were badly affected and patients had to be placed in the corridors. It's understood that there were, at the time of the incident, no construction or maintenance workers on the scene to try and deal with the leaking pipes.

The Free State Department of Health is yet to comment on OFM News' inquiry about the incident. The leaking is just one of many incidents at the hospital.

A video shared with OFM News shows the water leaking from the roof of the hospital and flooding the maternity ward. The video shows water gushing down in at least five buckets. This video also captures moments where workers went as far as using patients' bedsheets to try and stop the water from leaking to other areas in the hospital.

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