DA Welcomes Relief Efforts Following Fire At Swartland Hospital

The Swartland Hospital burnt down in Malmesbury Saturday. The cause of the fire is still being investigated. There were no fatalities, however, one patient incurred a minor injury. Around 90 patients have been moved to nearby hospitals in Atlantis, Stellenbosch and Paarl.
The Mayors of Swartland Municipality and West Coast District Municipality as well as the Western Cape Minister of Health, Nomafrench Mbombo, are on the scene. The DA welcomes efforts across spheres of government as well as by the Swartland Constituency Head, Anton Bredell, in assisting those affected by the fire.
We also welcome the support offered by the local community to the affected patients. A church hall was opened, where some patients received care prior to being moved to hospitals in surrounding areas. Community members offered blankets and supplies to those affected.
The administration block of the Swartland Hospital is still standing but the rest has largely been destroyed. Construction work was underway at the time of the fire and it is not yet clear whether the cause of the fire is related to the construction site.
Emergencies such as incidents of stabbings are currently being dealt with at the local clinic, while births are being referred to Paarl. Piketberg, Vredenburg and Porterville Hospitals are currently on stand-by for serious emergencies.
The DA also thanks the collaborative efforts by the Swartland Municipality and the West Coast District Municipality, in fighting the fire at the Swartland Hospital.

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