Helen Joseph Hospital management calls for sustainable solutions to water crisis

Hospital officials met with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Rand Water and Joburg Water Management to assess the impact of continuous water disruptions on clinical services.

Donation from donors to drill water at Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital on June 1, 2021 following a water shortage crisis in the region. Photo: @ GiftoftheGivers / Twitter,

JOHANNESBURG – The management of the Helen Joseph Hospital calls on Wednesday for lasting solutions to address the ongoing water crisis at the facility.

Hospital officials met with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Rand Water and Joburg Water Management to assess the impact of continuous water disruptions on clinical services.

Residents suffered water cuts due to a power outage at the Eikenhof pumping station, forcing hospitals, including Helen Joseph, to operate in extremely difficult conditions.

Debilitating water shortages have forced the Gauteng government to bring water tankers to Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa hospitals as patients and communities bear the brunt of drying taps.

Helen Joseph CEO Relebohile Ncha said they were in talks with Joburg Water and Rand Water to find short and medium term solutions.

“We were given some technical information on the challenges currently occurring at Rand Water and Joburg Water. But what was important was that they understood our need to quickly deliver tankers to the hospital. “

Johannesburg residents have received a double blow in the form of power cuts and now water shortages as power cuts continue.

Meanwhile, the NGO Gift of the Givers has started drilling water at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital following disruptions in the water supply in parts of Joburg.

Gift of the Gives founder Imtiaz Sooliman said the crisis couldn’t have come at a worse time.

“We thought – we don’t know how long it’s going to take – every hospital in South Africa should have a borehole, just like they should all have generators in the event of a power failure. “

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