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Doctors soldier on despite power outages

A power outage at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital forced doctors to make use of headlamps and torches.

Dedicated doctors continue working, despite conditions.

JOHANNESBURG - Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital CEO Johanna More said on Monday, electricity cuts and broken generators were being 'prioritised'.

During a power outage last week a generator failed to start up leaving 16 operating theatres in the hospital's main complex without electricity.  

Doctors who were operating at the time had to use headlamps and torches.

The power went out for around an hour on Thursday and then for at least two hours on Saturday morning.

The power outages were apparently caused by cable theft.

 More said she has reported the matter to the Department of Infrastructure Development (DID).

“Cable theft affects the hospital negatively, but doctors work against all odds.

“The DID is to make sure that my generators are working.

In 2011, the hospital was affected by a series of power outages, apparently caused by overloading.