Nel­son Man­dela Chil­drens’s Hos­pi­tal in good health, says chief exec

Cape Times - - NEWS - Ayanda Nt­shangase

THE Nel­son Man­dela Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal quashed re­ports of be­ing in fi­nan­cial trou­ble when it suc­cess­fully served pa­tients yes­ter­day.

The hos­pi­tal’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Dr Man­disa Ma­hol­wana, said that the hos­pi­tal was of such a high qual­ity that it would com­pete with oth­ers of its kind in south­ern Africa. It would also join the fam­ily of other spe­cial­ist and ter­tiary pae­di­atric fa­cil­i­ties around the world.

In May, the hos­pi­tal re­ceived a tranche of R150 mil­lion from the gov­ern­ment to be­gin op­er­at­ing.

Ma­hol­wana said the hos­pi­tal had served nearly 200 pa­tients.

It had less­ened crit­i­cal cases of pae­di­atric MRI wait­ing lists at Char­lotte Max­eke Aca­demic Hos­pi­tal and Chris Hani Barag­wanath Aca­demic Hos­pi­tal.

“The pa­tients are lov­ing our fa­cil­ity,” he said. “There have been many price­less mo­ments of our clin­i­cal staff and vol­un­teers play­ing with lit­tle ones and help­ing them get the as­sis­tance they need.”

The hos­pi­tal is ex­pected to be fully op­er­a­tional by March.

Dr Michael Akpon, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of The Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren, said: “It is not ev­ery day that you have the op­por­tu­nity to build from the ground up such a state-of-the art pae­di­atric fa­cil­ity”.

Car­di­ol­ogy out­pa­tient ser­vices are im­mi­nent.

This will be fol­lowed by dial­y­sis ser­vices, in­ten­sive care ser­vices and sur­gi­cal ser­vices.

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