Medical students to return to Pelonomi Hospital after security beefed up

The Citizen reports that the University of the Free State (UFS) yesterday said medicaln students would return to Pelonomi Hospital following their engagements with the health department over safety measures. The university’s rector and vice-chancellor, Professor Francis Petersen, said they had agreed on immediate and medium-term safety and security measures which would at least ensure its students and other personnel, as well as patients, were safe. This after the training of medical students from the university was suspended following an alleged attempted rape of an intern doctor and an apparent armed robbery of another doctor last week.

In the first incident, a 24-year-old doctor bit off a man’s tongue as he allegedly attempted to rape her while she was in one of the overnight staff quarters last Tuesday. The second incident was on Saturday morning, when a 44-year-old female doctor reported she was robbed at gunpoint by four armed men. Addressing the media yesterday, Petersen confirmed that medical students would return to Pelonomi and that immediate interventions, which include beefed-up security, more CCTV cameras, fixed security locks and limited access control to the premises, would be put in place. Petersen said they were still in talks with the department and the South African Police Service on other measures that needed to be taken to tighten up security at the hospital.

by Katleho Morapela