South Africa: Medical staff desert hospital as knife-wielding man kills injured patient

Deserted hospital
Deserted hospital

Hospital staff and patients came under attack in two separate incidents in the Eastern Cape at the weekend, with one patient stabbed to death in Ngcobo, while doctors were trying to save his life.

In Uitenhage, a Tyeks Security guard was hailed a hero for his vigilance, after he managed to foil a shooting at the town’s provincial hospital on Friday, reports HeraldLIVE.

The security guard, according to provincial health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo, managed to wrestle a gun from a man who had allegedly stolen it from a police officer at the state facility.

The man is suspected to be mentally ill, Kupelo said.

At All Saints Hospital in Ngcobo, a suspect barged into the casualty ward and allegedly stabbed a patient to death in the early hours of Sunday morning, while doctors were attending to him.

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“While they were treating the patient for a stab wound in the chest, a knife-wielding man barged in and said he wanted to finish the patient off,” Kupelo said.

“There were 10 guards deployed to various points of the hospital, but the man forced his way through security in casualty by waving a knife around.

“The doctor and nurses ran for their lives, and the security guards could not prevent the man from stabbing the patient to death.

“The police were called, but the man with the knife had already run away by the time they arrived.”

The suspect is known to the police and an arrest is imminent, he said.

Kupelo said hospital staff who witnessed the stabbing incident would receive trauma counselling.

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