Repairs to non-functioning lifts at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in progress

Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo has promised that all the elevators will be functional soon.

FILE: The Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria. Picture: health.gpg.gov.za

PRETORIA - Nine of the 27 lifts at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria are now fully functional again after patients and staff were forced to use stairs in the facility for three weeks in August because only one lift was working.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura visited the facility on Thursday along with Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa and Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo.

On average, staff at the hospital attend to at least 800 patients a day.

The facility has 830 beds, 53 ICU beds, 21 high care beds and staff in several specialist departments, all of whom need to use lifts to move between floors.

Mamabolo says that technicians are here and are working on the issues.

“We are looking at improving, additional to today. But I think on a very positive side, we have taken effective control of the environment to make sure that the lifts are working.”

Mamabolo says that several interventions have been put in place to ensure the safety of patients.

He's promised that all the elevators will be functional soon.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)