The outages are reducing the lifespan of some of the critical medical machinery and equipment and the efficacy of some medications and vaccines, which need to be stored at specific temperatures.
Though most hospitals are spared from being loadshed a huge amount of them still experience load shedding, While businesses and households struggle to deal with rolling blackouts, the risks it poses for hospital patients are far greater.
Electricity is essential for health facilities, so when the supply is unstable, it could be fatal for patients undergoing emergency treatment, or surgery, and those in intensive care.
Furthermore, organs, vaccines, and medication that need to be refrigerated can also spoil or become ineffective. Maintenance of the cold chain is crucial for the quality of vaccines.
The issue is Hospital generators are not designed to cope with frequent power cuts and can only provide emergency back-up power that is insufficient for all hospital services.
Gauteng, for example, has a high number of exempt hospitals as it carries almost a quarter of the national load on health services. The province also has three medical universities and central hospitals that carry a lot of responsibility.
Sparing these hospitals is only a temporary fix because the healthcare system requires optimal functioning of all hospitals especially the smaller ones because they refer patients to the bigger hospitals which only results in more crowding.
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