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Eden District spends over R1m to fix damage to health facilities

It was damaged in the fire but almost three months on, the facility is once again running at full capacity.

FILE: Nearly 200 patients have been treated at a makeshift Knysna medical facility following fires in the region. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN – The Eden District has spent over a R1.25 million fixing fire damage to health facilities in the area.

In June this year, wildfires raged through the area consuming everything in their wake.

As the area was ringed by raging fires, the Knysna Provincial Hospital became the epicentre of emergency care.

It was damaged in the fire but almost three months on, the facility is once again running at full capacity.

In June, a fast approaching blaze stopped approximately 15 meters short of the ninety bed-hospital.

An emergency plan was activated and patients moved to other facilities.

In collaboration with the SANDF, a triage centre was established at the Loerie Park Sports Field.

It was from that nerve centre that medical care was dispensed during one of the biggest crises the town has ever seen.

Health Department spokesperson Nadia Ferreira says that another centre was also put up at the Plettenberg Bay Town Clinic.

“Luckily the hospital did not suffer any structural damage. The only damage which we had was our fence and we have replaced the whole thing. But we did have extensive smoke damage, a lot of dust.

“There were also areas that needed steam cleaning like the theatre.”

Over R1.25 million has been spent to repair damage to the hospital and other clinics in the area.