This is to inform you that last night one of our staff residences was destroyed by a massive fire. It affected 39 health workers and their families. We were lucky that no one was seriously injured. One person suffered a broken ankle and another had smoke inhalation effects but is stable. Our thoughts are with the affected members and their families. The hospital is arranging temporary alternative accommodation for them.
Some staff residents reported seeing sparks of fire from an electrical distribution box, and we suspect that this could be the cause of the fire. However, the Fire Brigade is working on further forensic investigations to establish the exact cause of the fire.
The estimated cost of damage to property is around US$500 000.00. We hope to rise up from this terrible setback and continue to give service to many of our patients.
Professor Solwayo Ngwenya
Acting Chief Executive Officer