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CWM Hospital Fire: Patients to move back to their wards today

May 27, 2019 5:01 am

Some patients who were evacuated from the CWM Hospital yesterday after a fire broke out in the boiler area will be moved back to their wards today.

The Health Ministry says certain services at the hospital will be disrupted for the next few days, especially the functions of the boiler and the laundry.

Non-core services such as pharmacy and clinics will also be disrupted.

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The services in the anti-natal clinic will be starting from 10am today.

The Ministry will also ensure priority areas such as labor wards, operating theater services, intensive care unit and the emergency department are not disrupted.

All other wards at the CWM Hospital will function on emergency mode.

Teams from the ministry are on the ground working around the clock to bring services back to normal.

In quick response to the situation yesterday, the Health Ministry had to temporarily move patients into prearranged evacuation areas within the hospital.

Meanwhile, Iliesa Katonivere who was one of the first responders to evacuate patients from the Hospital says it was chaotic trying to get patients out.

“I was at the my grandfather’s visitation today when we noticed people running to the window and yelling out there’s fire at the maternity side, so we came running this side and then we saw the fire at the laundry.”

Over 100 police officers were deployed at the scene to assist in the evacuation of patients.

The National Fire Authority is still trying to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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