Denosa urges healthcare facilities to service back-up generators

Denosa says that it had to represent nurses in cases of negligence where the cause was both load shedding and failure of back-up generators, forcing nurses to use their cellphones in most cases.

Denosa urges healthcare facilities to service back-up generators

Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) is urging healthcare facilities across the country to make sure that back-up generators are fully operational in the wake of Stage 4 and Stage 2 load shedding continuing into the weekend.

Concerns over the non-maintenance of the generators

According to IOL, the non-maintenance of generators is “a great inconvenience” to nurses in hospitals and clinics during load shedding periods, acting Denosa general secretary Cassim Lekhoathi said.

Denosa has therefore urged the department of health to ensure that fully generator-backed-up and appropriately-sized, uninterrupted power supply (UPS) electrical systems are installed in all healthcare facilities, particularly for more essential departments such as intensive care units and theatres to avoid the deadly consequences of power failure and failure by back-up generators to kick-in.

“The UPS stores reserve power in a battery to allow a facility to function normally on an emergency basis for an acceptable period depending on the number of batteries. Those facilities which neglect the maintenance of their standby generators are reminded that six babies died at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane due to a power outage and failure of the back-up generator to kick in, in 2004 and 2006 respectively,” said Lekhoathi.

Cases of negligence

“The continued failure to maintain generators is extremely concerning a tendency because nurses are often to blame when patients receive poor quality service as a result of load shedding. Furthermore, Denosa has to represent nurses in cases of negligence where the cause was both load shedding and failure of back-up generators to kick in, in times of load shedding, forcing nurses to use their cellphones in most cases in order for them to do their work.”

Lekhoathi said further that they have been receiving complaints from its members, especially those working in community healthcare centres and healthcare centres in rural settings regarding the maintenance of back-up generators.

“It would appear that negligence to maintain back-up generators is the main cause of this frustration, as well as non-presence of fuel. In some facilities, deliveries of babies have to be done in darkness in times of load-shedding as back-up generators do not cover all delivery rooms in the entire maternity unit,” he added.

Lekhoathi said that not only is there a concern for things to go awry in a few years, load shedding also impacts negatively on the administration of medication to patients in other wards that may not be covered by back-up generators.

“In the same spirit, Denosa would like to applaud facilities that constantly test and check their standby generators. Some facilities do so religiously every week, and they have not had any major disruptions to their services,” said Lekhoathi.

Calling on Municipalities in SA

Lekhoathi sai that Denosa is calling on all municipalities to move hospitals and clinics to the ‘Essential Consumer’ category of their grid in their power distribution design so that healthcare facilities, which provide essential services, are exempt from load shedding.

“This is to ensure that critical areas in a facility, like ICU and theatre, are placed under ‘critical loads’ electricity network to ensure they remain fully functional with power.”

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The bail application of a boyfriend and friend accused of killing and burying a 42-year-old Vicki Terblanche in a shallow grave will be heard in November 2021.

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Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said Leach and Kullis had been charged with murder, but more charges could be added.

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They have been remanded in police custody until 8 November for their formal bail application.

Naidu said the post-mortem report has yet to be released to SAPS, but preliminary findings suggest Terblanche suffocated to death.

She said police were alerted to a suspicious house in a complex on 1st Avenue in Millpark on Saturday.

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“On arrival, police found that the doors, including the garage door, were wide open. Intuitive that something was amiss, police roped in forensics to assist. While still at the house, a 32-year-old man arrived and indicated that he lived there.”

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“A post mortem will be done to determine the cause of death.

“Both men ( the boyfriend and his friend) are detained on a charge of murder. Circumstances leading to her fatal demise are under investigation.”

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