Tygerberg Hospital ordered to improve health safety measures

Parts of the hospital have been shut down following a labour inspection, which found them to be in contravention of COVID-19 safety protocols.

FILE: Trade unions had complained workers and patients are at risk while the hospital is at the forefront of the Western Cape's COVID-19 battle. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Tygerberg Hospital management has on Wednesday been ordered to improve health safety measures.

Parts of the hospital have been shut down following a labour inspection, which found them to be in contravention of COVID-19 safety protocols.

Trade unions had complained workers and patients are at risk while the hospital is at the forefront of the Western Cape's COVID-19 battle.

And for weeks, staff and unions have been setting off alarms and now management's been told to take action.

The labour department's David Esau said the hospital's admin area, a storeroom, engineering section and kitchen had been flagged following COVID-19 infections.

He added that the kitchen was reopened on Tuesday after it was deep cleaned.

Esau said: “There is a lack of PPE, especially for higher-risk workers, which work with COVID-19 patients.”

The hospital’s Byron la Hoe said: “The hospital will also be carrying out an additional area risk assessment and will submit the outcomes to the Department of Labour on 16 June.”

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