‘No cash trouble at hospital’
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.”