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healthcareTimesLIVE reports that the Free State health department has increased security at the Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein following a meeting with staff on Wednesday afternoon.  

Before the meeting, staff toyi-toyed following an attempted rape of a 24-year-old female doctor shortly before midnight on Tuesday.  The victim bit the man's tongue so severely he required surgery.  Department spokesperson Mondli Mvambi said on Thursday that following the meeting with employees, calm was restored and everybody went back to work.  He indicated that safety measures being implemented from Wednesday included increased security personnel and CCTV monitoring.  All access points have been fortified with a visible security presence and doctors on call have been encouraged to use an escort service provided by hospital security.  A hospital intern, who was working when the incident happened, claimed that there was a lack of prioritisation of security for health-care workers and that public hospitals had "zero security presence" at night.

  • Read the full original of Ernest Mabuza’s report on this story at TimesLIVE

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