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Four-year-old dies after leaving Alexandra clinic due to load shedding

A family in the town of Alexandra is reportedly mourning the death of their four-year-old child, who was injured in a car crash on Wednesday but was turned away from the Alexandra Health Centre/Clinic in Johannesburg, according to reports.

The family reportedly arrived at the clinic at 17:00 after the security guard told them that the clinic had no electricity because the generator was not working.

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The child died of his injuries while trying to transport him to the hospital, according to the family.

DA Gauteng Health spokesman Jack Bloom said he had taken over the tragic case with the province’s Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi and had confirmed the generator was broken as it exploded during frequent load shedding.

Bloom said that while the investigation into the matter continued, it was inexcusable that a large clinic’s generator had been shut down for two weeks.

Other health facilities in Gauteng affected by generator failures include Badiril and Tusson Clinic in West Rand, where a generator at Far East Rand Hospital ran out of fuel two weeks ago.

“This once again highlights the incompetence of the Gauteng Infrastructure Development Department, which maintains and repairs all generators in healthcare facilities. Broken generators should never be a reason to keep people away from healthcare facilities.”

Jack Bloom

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