2007-11-06 : Man survives bullet only to be shot again

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2007-11-06 : Man survives bullet only to be shot again

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-11-06 11:17

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Man survives bullet only to be shot again

November 06 2007 at 05:54AM

By Louise Flanagan and Graeme Hosken

A man admitted to Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital with a bullet wound
was shot again - this time fatally - in front of officers guarding
other patients.

The 35-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was rushed to
the operating theatre but died about 90 minutes later.

A woman employee at the hospital was slightly injured by a ricocheting
bullet when three shots were fired in the men's trauma ward at about
3.30pm on Monday during visiting hours.

A man who was in the ward with a patient at the time said the killer
was alone when he fired, but appeared to be linked to a group of five
other people.

He said that initially two men walked into the ward and tried to talk
to a patient who was under guard in the ward because he was a suspect
in a crime. At least two patients in the ward were believed to be
under guard at the time.

The two visiting men were chased out and later seen outside the ward
with four youths. Then one of the four walked into the ward, went
straight to the victim and opened fire.

Chris Hani-Baragwanath CEO Dr Arthur Manning said the victim had been
admitted on Saturday with a gunshot injury.

After he was shot on Monday, he was resuscitated, taken to theatre for
emergency surgery but died by 5pm, said Manning.

"No other patients have been injured, and staff and patients are
receiving trauma counselling," he added.

Captain Phillemon Khorombi said a lone gunman was involved and that
police had no idea why the man was targeted.

Khorombi said a charge of murder and attempted murder was being
investigated. Police are still searching for the man.

Manning said the victim was an ordinary patient and was not under
guard at the time.

The attacker used visiting time to access the hospital.

"At visiting time you have to have access. It's part of healing, and
patients need visitors to feel better. You can't check everyone,"
Manning said.

He added that the hospital would use more technology, and security
would be increased.

Attacked nurse

This incident and an assault on a pregnant nurse on duty at Pretoria
Academic Hospital has sparked an outcry over inept security at South
African hospitals.

Speaking from her hospital bed, 22-year-old Goodness Kumane, a private
agency trauma nurse hired by the hospital, on Monday described the
terror of her attack.

Recalling how she was repeatedly shaken and pulled into a counter
until her waters burst during the early hours of Sunday morning,
Kumane said she was petrified. She is seven months pregnant.

"I did not know what was happening. All I could feel was the pain as I
hit the counter that I was standing behind. I thought my baby was
going to die," she said.

Kumane's assailant, who was arrested by hospital security guards, had
moments before come running into the hospital.

His relative, who was being operated on when the assailant reached the
hospital, had earlier fallen off the balcony of a city flat,
critically injuring himself.

The man, who is believed to have been drunk, allegedly attacked Kumane
because he was unhappy over the service she was providing.

Hospital spokesperson Fredah Kobo said Kumane would undergo induced
labour as soon as her condition had stabilised.

"Doctors are monitoring her condition to determine when her son is to
be born," she said.

Safety systems

Fazeela Fayers, of the Health and Other Services Personnel Trade Union
of South Africa, said the Health Department's occupational health and
safety system left much to be desired.

"The system is non-compliant with the Health and Safety Act.

"Hospitals are meant to establish committees in accordance to the act,
but many are non-functional. Their members are not properly trained
and there are few if any hazard and risk assessments being conducted
at South Africa's hospitals," she said.

Fayers added: "The general state of violence in South Africa,
particularly against women, means that professions such as nursing,
which are predominantly female, require an urgent safety strategy."

Health Professions Council of South Africa spokesperson Tendai
Dhliwayo said: "We will be more comfortable knowing that our country's
health practitioners are working in more conducive conditions where
safety is a priority."

Gauteng health department spokesperson Zanele Mngadi, confirming the
two attacks, said: "We view the safety of our professionals as a
priority and take these attacks seriously.

"We are currently working on the upgrading of security at the
province's hospitals."

Mngadi said investigations were being conducted into both attacks.

The Democratic Alliance's Jack Bloom said he had hoped the department
had taken note of security issues after the reported rape of a student
doctor at Chris Hani-Baragwanath earlier this year.

"What does it take for the department to get security right in our
hospitals? Casualty areas should receive special attention as patients
and those who accompany them are often drunk and can lash out at staff
with weapons," he said.

o This article was originally published on page 1 of The Star on November 06, 2007
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