A nurse from Helen Joseph Hospital is in a stable condition after he was stabbed in the stomach while on break in the facility parking lot in the early hours of Sunday morning. Gauteng Health and Wellness MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko says two men escorting a patient attacked him.
The two men approached the nurse who was on a comfort break and tried to steal his cellphone. They stabbed him in the stomach and then ran off, Nkomo-Ralehoko says in a statement.
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Attack on nurse captured on CCTV cameras
“We condemn this act of hooliganism and criminality in the strongest possible terms. We implore the police to track down the attackers as the incident was captured on CCTV cameras,” says Nkomo-Ralehoko.
She adds prior to the attack the men behaved aggressively towards staff and patients in the hospital’s accident and emergency department. “The two men also argued with staff and other escorts who had accompanied other patients at the accident and emergency department. One of them slapped another escort accompanying a patient. ”
The two left fled the scene when hospital security approached them after they stabbed the nurse in the parking lot. The nurse is being treated at Helen Joseph Hospital. No arrests have been made. – Health-e News