Power outage won’t affect services at Bara

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pretoria - A scheduled power outage on Sunday will not disrupt services at the Chris Baragwanath Hospital, said the Gauteng Department of Health.

City Power will be replacing a circuit breaker in the Soweto Primary Plant and have informed the department of the planned eight-hour electricity shutdown between 6am and 2pm on Sunday.

“The department wishes to assure the public that the delivery of health services in this hospital will not be affected,” it said.

Back-up generators will be relied on to ensure that the provision of emergency care is not affected.

"I have instructed our resident engineering team that all emergency power generators be tested for readiness and that sufficient fuel and other supplies be adequately stocked for this planned outage,” acting Head of Department Ndoda Biyela said.

Additionally, the department would consult patients about the rescheduling of non- emergency (elective) theatre procedures planned for the day.

"We also urge relatives to postpone visiting the hospital on this day as generators are meant to supply energy in critical areas,” he said.

The department has recently installed new emergency power supply generators in the hospital as part of its on-going electro-mechanical recapitalisation programme.

The hospital now has a total of 14 generators that are able to carry the energy needs of one of the biggest hospitals in the southern hemisphere in the event the municipal electrical supply is interrupted.

According to City Power, the other areas to be affected by the power cut include: Lillian Ngoyi Community Health Care Center; Power Park; Post office (GPO exchange); Dooring Kop (army base); SANTA; Saint John’s Hospital, and University of Johannesburg Compound. - SAnews.gov.za