Hospital one of best in world – Zuma
firstname.lastname@example.org PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma wanted to check himself in at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital.
“I wanted to ask for a bed, and sleep and be checked,” Zuma jokingly said during his walkabout at the tertiary health care institution.
A jolly looking Zuma, who was accompanied by Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi and Gauteng MEC for Health Gwen Ramokgopa, said the hospital was one of the country’s success stories.
He praised the hospital named after the late liberation Struggle hero and a former medical student at the University of Natal, Steve Biko, as being a benchmark of public hospitals in the country.
“This is one of the most advanced hospitals, indeed.
“I think if we could have just a few more of such (hospitals) our population will get first-class treatment,” said Zuma.
He also praised the hospital staff, calling them dedicated and committed.
“If I was a journalist, I would even exaggerate and say it is one of the best in the world,” said Zuma, with his signature laugh.
The centre provides the best evidence-based patient care and utilises the most advanced technological imaging equipment.
He also visit the oncology department, one of the busiest areas for patients in the country. He was wrapping up his walkabout at the hospital pharmacy which has an automated medical dispensary, the biggest dispenser of a wide range of medicines with the capacity to dispense 120 prescriptions an hour.
Motsoaledi echoed Zuma’s sentiments. stating that some units in the hospital were world-class, such as the fertility clinic.
“This is one of the few areas around the whole world where people extract sperm from an HIV-positive patient, clean it, remove the viruses and implant it into an egg. This means HIV-positive people can give birth to HIV-negative babies,” he said.
Motsoaledi also boasted about the nuclear medical unit and said private hospitals from as far as Cape Town referred their patients there.
Patients and staff at the hospital clamoured to catch a glimpse of Zuma when he toured the facility.
Zuma, surrounded by bodyguards, made his way to various wards amid jubilation, screaming and singing.
DA Gauteng Shadow Health MEC Jack Bloom also praised the hospital but had a few concerns.
“There are pockets of excellence at this academic hospital such as the automated medicine dispensing system which is hopefully rolled out to other hospitals.
“We should also be proud of skilled surgeons of world standard,” said Bloom.
Zuma should address problems such as long waiting times for operations, he said.
More posts needed to be created for medical staff who worked under great pressure because of the increased volume of patients.
“Machinery keeps breaking down and is not repaired timeously because suppliers are not paid. That is why 27 out of 28 lifts were broken earlier this year, causing a crisis as sick patients could not get up the stairs and even operations had to be cancelled,” said Bloom.
He said two cancer radiation machines could not be used because of broken air-conditioners, causing delays in cancer treatment that are life-threatening.
“Zuma should ask whether there are enough radiographers as 10 radiographers have left in the last year.
“He should also ask why some heart operations have been delayed because of a shortage of intensive care unit beds and unpaid companies not supplying certain equipment,” he said.
We should also be proud of skilled surgeons of world standard
DA Gauteng Shadow Health MEC Jack Bloom