‘No cash trou­ble at hos­pi­tal’

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THE NEL­SON Man­dela Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal re­jected re­ports yes­ter­day that it was in fi­nan­cial trou­ble.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Man­disa Ma­hol­wana said the hos­pi­tal was of such a high qual­ity that it could com­pete with oth­ers of its kind in south­ern Africa.

It would also join the fam­ily of other spe­cial­ists 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 has also less­ened crit­i­cal cases of pae­di­atric MRI wait­ing lists at the Char­lotte Max­eke and Chris Hani-Barag­wanath aca­demic hos­pi­tals.

Mol­wana said: “The pa­tients are lov­ing our fa­cil­ity. It is very sat­is­fy­ing to see that we are al­ready hav­ing an im­pact.”

Hav­ing ex­panded their scope of ser­vices for health­care, chil­dren are now be­ing di­ag­nosed faster and more hos­pi­tals will be added to the list, he added.

The chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal was ex­pected to be fully op­er­a­tional by March 2018.

Dr Michael Akpon, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of The Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren (Sick Kids) said: “It is not ev­ery­day that you have the op­por­tu­nity to to build from scratch 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.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive said NEL­SON Man­dela Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal would ap­proach this task with the same level of at­ten­tion to de­tail and col­lab­o­ra­tion with the stake­hold­ers.

The role of the hos­pi­tal is to en­hance ex­ist­ing ter­tiary and qua­ter­nary pae­di­atric health­care ser­vices.

These were fol­lowed by pa­tients from Char­lotte Max­eke and Barag­wanath for both Mag­netic Res­o­nance Imag­ing (MRI) and Com­puted To­mog­ra­phy (CT) scans.

This has al­lowed the hos­pi­tal to op­er­ate with gov­ern­ment fund­ing com­mit­ment which was R600 mil­lion over three years.

Dr Mpho Pha­latse, from the City of Jo­han­nes­burg, said they were hon­oured and in­spired by the com­ing to life of NEL­SON Man­dela Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

“The City of Jo­han­nes­burg de­cided to ex­tend clinic work­ing hours 7am to 10pm.

“We are also plan­ning to open more clin­ics. We be­lieve our chil­dren need in­vest­ment,” she said.

Mo­hol­wana said: “We hope to start im­prov­ing pae­di­atric ser­vices to South Africa’s chil­dren.”

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