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Patients at Charlotte Maxeke share their beds with cockroaches

JOBURG - If you are sick and admitted at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital in Parktown, you are most likely to share your bed and food with cockroaches.

If you are sick and admitted at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital in Parktown you are most likely to share your bed and food with cockroaches.

The hospital, which has many referral patients from Alexandra, is one of many in Gauteng said to be infested with cockroaches in its various wards. The situation is particularly bad in the ophthalmic department in wards 266 and 267, said Jack Bloom, a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature who is also the Democratic Alliance’s shadow MEC for Health.

He was reacting to an incident in which Ellen Levy of Victory Park in Johannesburg took her grandson’s caregiver to the hospital on 4 May and spotted the notorious pests scurrying around the floors, walls and roof of the ward.

“I was quite distressed to see cockroaches scurrying around freely and the nursing staff seemed indifferent and shrugged their shoulders when alerted to the cockroaches that plague the hospital wards. I decided to take a picture,” she said.

Bloom said it was quite shocking that poor hygiene at the hospital has allowed cockroaches to flourish in the hospital wards. High standards of cleanliness are non-negotiable in a hospital where infection risks need to be minimised, Bloom said, urging hospital management to attend to the cockroach problem as soon as possible.

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