Man­dela hos­pi­tal de­nies fi­nan­cial trou­ble claims

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THE NEL­SON Man­dela Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal has de­nied re­ports that it’s in fi­nan­cial trou­ble.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Man­disa Ma­hol­wana yes­ter­day said the hos­pi­tal was of such a high stan­dard that it could com­pete with oth­ers of its kind in south­ern Africa and 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 and had less­ened crit­i­cal cases of pae­di­atric MRI wait­ing lists at Char­lotte Max­eke and Chris Hani Barag­wanath Aca­demic hos­pi­tals.

Hav­ing ex­panded their scope of ser­vices for the health­care com­mu­nity, chil­dren were now be­ing di­ag­nosed faster, and more hos­pi­tals would be added to the list, Ma­hol­wana added.

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

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

Car­di­ol­ogy out­pa­tient ser­vices were im­mi­nent, and they were look­ing for­ward to mak­ing that an­nounce­ment shortly, he said. This would be fol­lowed by dial­y­sis, in­ten­sive care and sur­gi­cal ser­vices.

Ap­kon said the hos­pi­tal would ap­proach this task with the same level of at­ten­tion to de­tail and col­lab­o­ra­tion with the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers.

Pa­tients from Char­lotte Max­eke and Barag­wanath hos­pi­tals come to the hos­pi­tal for both MRI and CT scans. The hos­pi­tal is op­er­at­ing with gov­ern­ment fund­ing of R600m over three years.

Dr Mpho Pha­latse of the City of Joburg said they were hon­oured and in­spired by the com­ing to life of the Nel­son Man­dela Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

“As the City of Joburg, we have also made in­vest­ments. We be­lieve our chil­dren need in­vest­ment,” she added.

The hos­pi­tal’s chair­per­son, Phuthuma Nh­leko, said: “We’re look­ing for­ward to help­ing im­prove the lives of South Africa’s chil­dren, our fu­ture lead­ers.

“We have also re­ceived tremen­dous sup­port from the sup­pli­ers for train­ing and test­ing of the equip­ment to en­sure pa­tient safety,” Nh­leko said.

Mo­hol­wana added: “Pro­vid­ing the best qual­ity was the big­gest mile­stone. And we hope to start im­prov­ing our pae­di­atric ser­vices to South Africa’s chil­dren. All as­pects of this tran­si­tion from the ad­mis­sion of pa­tients were planned.

“As far back as 2009, this hos­pi­tal re­ceived sup­port from the Health Department. It has been a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort with the gov­ern­ment and re­fer­ral hos­pi­tal part­ners.”

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