Extent of poor security at Pelonomi hospital revealed as student doctors return

Medical staff at Bloemfontein’s Pelonomi hospital are being assured of improved security following two attacks last week. 
Image: Pelonomi Tertiary Hospital via Facebook

The University of Free State has resumed training of undergraduate students in the School of Clinical Medicine at Pelonomi hospital in Bloemfontein, after an intervention to improve security.

The decision to suspend the training of undergraduate students at the hospital came after the attempted rape of a medical intern last week, as well as the robbery of a medical officer in the parking area of the hospital over the weekend.

On Monday, discussions involving the university management, the head of the Department of Health in the province, the executive committee of the Pelonomi hospital, and Saps took place regarding the security situation at the hospital.

The health department provided the university with a security project plan comprising immediate and medium-term interventions, and a commitment to execute the plan as a matter of urgency, UFS said in a statement.

Interventions in the security project plan include:

  • the installation of high-mast lights in the precinct of the hospital,
  • reparation of the perimeter fence,
  • security locks, and
  • limiting access to the hospital and the hospital grounds between 8pm and 6am.

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