AChris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital nurse is in a stable condition after she was stabbed 10 times while on duty in what is believed to be a lovers’ quarrel.
This comes just days after the Junior Doctors Association of SA and the DA requested that hospital security be beefed up after a patient at the hospital left five patients and a doctor injured when he went on a stabbing spree at the weekend. The six victims are recovering.
In the latest incident a nurse was almost killed while on night duty at the St John Eye Hospital unit at Bara yesterday.
Hospital CEO Johanna More said the nurse was stable and undergoing treatment at Milpark Hospital.
Other hospital sources told The Star that the attack appeared to have been a “family incident” and that the man who stabbed the nurse may have been her lover.
The man reportedly walked into the building at about 7.30pm and began stabbing the woman.
Police spokeswoman Captain Nondumiso Matlou-Mteto confirmed that the assailant was the victim’s boyfriend, and said police were still looking for him after he fled the hospital grounds after the attack.
“A case of attempted murder has been opened against him,” said Matlou-Mteto.
On Saturday, a 27-year-old patient being treated in the psychiatry ward stole a pair of suturing scissors from a trolley and hid them.
“Something triggered him, he got up and started stabbing (other patients),” said More.
He stabbed five patients before an intern intervened.
“She… was stabbed in the hand,” said More.
The intern’s wound was stitched and More said she was sent home to recuperate before undergoing surgery at Milpark.
The other patients sustained superficial wounds that needed stitches.
About Saturday’s stabbing, More said there was no security in the unit at the time, because the ward was considered low risk.
The attacker has been sent to Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital.
Jack Bloom, DA Gauteng spokesman on health, said security at Bara was a problem.
“Patients and staff don’t feel safe at Bara. People approach us about it all the time and they are not happy,” he said, adding that R20 million was spent on security at the hospital a year.
This morning he
called for a review of the security contracts at the hospital, and others where staff felt unsafe.
“We need to get better value for the more than R150m spent every year on security at public hospitals in Gauteng,” he said.
The attempted rape of a medical intern in December and another assault in January left Helen Joseph Hospital staff wary of a lack of security.
“Protection from violent patients is a burning issue at Gauteng hospitals, particularly at casualty where many patients are drunk,” he said.