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Fire extinguished at another Free State hospital

The fire which broke out at Phuthuloha hospital is the second fire at a Free State hospital in two in weeks.
front view of hospital building
Manapo hospital in the Free State is facing long-standing water shortages and frequent power cuts. Patients must bring their own water, and operations have been disrupted.
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This is the second patient death reported in the province in the last week.
Pregnant women forced to sleep on FS hospital floors
A nurse tells Health-e News that stating that the official responsible for refuelling the generator was absent during the outage and has since been suspended.


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