Nuclear unit is a winner, says Zuma on Biko Academic Hospital tour
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma said he was deeply impressed after touring the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, including the hospital’s nuclear medicine centre, with Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi yesterday.
“The nuclear medicine unit which we have just visited… that even private hospitals from as far as Cape Town, Durban, refer their patients here because the head of this unit has special skills which he went to learn in Europe.
There is no other specialist in the whole country who has such a skill and that is why they refer all their patients here,” said Motsoaledi.
As the minister continued explaining, Zuma interjected: “Nuclear. Remember the nuclear”. After a burst of laughter, Motsoaledi went on: “The positrons which are used in that unit are produced here in Pelindaba (South Africa’s main nuclear research centre) and they are exported to 60 other countries,” said Motsoaledi.
Zuma remarked “Nuclear again. Nuclear is the winner”, laughing.
The president said during his visit he had been greatly impressed by the Steve Biko Academic Hospital.
“I met committed people who are working here at all different levels. I visited patients as well. I must say this is one of the best things that I have come across this year in terms of the medical facilities we have in the country.
“I’m very happy. I think the de- partment has done very well on behalf of the country.
“I’m told patients come from all corners of the country, and from southern Africa. This hospital is the life-saver of our people.
“It treats very serious kind of diseases,” said Zuma.
The president and his delegation were taken on a tour of one of South Africa’s best performing public hospitals to monitor the delivery of healthcare services as part of the Presidential Siyahlola Monitoring Programme. Hospital CEO Dr Mathabo Mathebula, and Gauteng MEC for Health Dr Gwen Ramokgopa were also part of the tour.
There was much excitement in the hospital as patients and the public jostled to get a glimpse of Zuma.
Many took photographs of the president.
The major hospital, which is named after the late liberation Struggle hero and a former medical student at the University of Natal Steve Bantu Biko, is a tertiary healthcare institution, rendering specialised services to medically referred patients.
The hospital was declared the best well-managed public hospital in the country by the Office of Health Standards Compliance which is the watchdog of the standard of health in the country. – ANA
South African President Jacob Zuma led a team of senior health officials including Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Gauteng MEC for Health Gwen Ramokgopa on on a tour of the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.