Crime closed down two big Port Elizabeth clinics yesterday when the New Brighton Clinic was flooded after thieves stole copper pipes and nurses went on strike at the Veeplaas Clinic, saying they feared for their safety after a stabbing.
In another incident, two security guards and a supervisor were beaten up by robbers who stole their cellphones at the Zwide Clinic last month.
Provincial health spokesman Siyanda Manana confirmed the three attacks.
Together, the three clinics serve more than 200 000 people.
In the first incident, two women attacked each other inside the Veeplaas Clinic last week, one taking out a knife and stabbing the other.
Democratic Nursing Organisation of South African acting provincial secretary Khaya Sodidi said organisation officials were called out late last week to engage with nurses after the incident.
Sodidi said the Veeplaas incident was the latest in a string of attacks at state hospitals and clinics.
“A while ago nurses were robbed while on night duty at Empilweni Hospital. There have been break-ins and antiretroviral drugs have been stolen.
“There has been a hijacking and a robbery near the hospital as well.
“There was also a robbery at Dora Nginza Hospital.”
Nurses at Veeplaas closed the clinic yesterday and refused to work further until their safety concerns were addressed.