AN image of Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital’s casualty ward following the weekend’s chaos has left social media reeling in shock.
The image posted on Twitter shows patients lying in beds while the floor in the casualty ward is a mess.
Many tweeted that the department of health should take action and keep the hospital clean.
But the hospital based in Soweto explained to the uninformed that the image was in fact taken while or just after doctors had fought to save patients who were sick or injured during the busy derby weekend.
Responding to media inquiry, hospital spokesman Zenzo Ndabula confirmed the image was taken at the hospital. “The picture was taken at the hospital’s trauma unit during or immediately after resuscitation.
“As usual, the unit was cleaned immediately after resuscitation. Resuscitations happen all day and all night and it’s a continuous process of saving lives and cleaning.”
But scores of Twitter users raised their frustrations, calling the hospital a death store.
M Friedman: “I’m so annoyed. And then, Motsoaledi wants to push National Heart Institution and force it upon us. He can’t even do his job now.
Khuzwayo Nkosi: “This doesn’t look right. The department of health should do something about this hospital.”
Nthabiseng Kheswa: “It’s sad to see our people having to bear such conditions while they are looking for medical help.”
Sizwe Khoza: “One can die there just seeing the condition this ward is in. Filth all over, how can you trust nurses and doctors to work in such mess.”
Nthatisi Modise: “Urgent action should be taken by the department to solve this mess in government hospitals.”