South Africa: Johannesburg CBD Blast Victims Get Medical Attention

Those who were injured during or after the explosion that occurred at the Johannesburg CBD on Wednesday evening remain hospitalised in healthcare centres across the city.

This is according to Gauteng Health and Wellness MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, during a visit to the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital where most of the patients are receiving care.

The explosion ripped through Bree Street in the CBD and left one person dead and more than 40 others injured.

Nkomo-Ralehoko said at least 11 patients remain hospitalised.

“We have received these patients and they are receiving medical treatment. We want to appreciate that there was a good response from our teams in all the hospitals. We want to thank them…for the good work they have done in making sure that even the critical ones who were referred here are stable now,” she said.

The hospital’s head of trauma Professor Maeyane Moeng gave an update on the wellbeing of the patients.

“From where we are as a hospital…all of [the patients] are stable and are well. We will be preparing to get them the wards moving forward. They might require some intervention later related to the lower limbs. It is good to know that most of our patients are stable and are doing well.

“It is a team approach…if we are not ready for such mass casualty events then we will not be able to help. These things will happen one way or the other for various reasons and the team that was behind us has worked very hard,” he said.