When the Nel­son Man­dela Chil­dren's Hos­pi­tal is fully op­er­a­tional it will em­ploy ap­prox­i­mately 150 doc­tors and 451 pae­di­atric nurs­ing pro­fes­sion­als.

Vuk'uzenzele - - Yoguetnhefroaclus -

The NMCH is the brain­child of the Nel­son Man­dela Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Trust, ini­ti­ated by the Nel­son Man­dela Chil­dren’s Fund in 2009. The trust was es­tab­lished and tasked with rais­ing R1 bil­lion to build and equip a chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal to meet the ter­tiary pae­di­atric health­care needs in South­ern Africa.

Thanks to donors from around the world, the con­struc­tion of the hos­pi­tal started in April 2014, and on the De­cem­ber 2016 saw the launch of the NMCH.

The hos­pi­tal is one of two spe­cialised chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals in the coun­try. Africa only has four spe­cialised chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals, com­pared to 23 in Canada, 19 in Aus­tralia, 20 in Ger­many and 157 in the United States.

The hos­pi­tal is next to Wits are born up to when they can be man­aged, whether they will need sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion in terms of an oper­a­tion or clos­ing what­ever holes are in the baby's heart.

“Our Car­di­ol­ogy Depart­ment works very closely with the Pae­di­atric Car­dio­tho­racic Surgery Depart­ment to be able to man­age those pa­tients a lit­tle bit more ef­fec­tive.ly. We want to change the land­scape and the out­comes for chil­dren to make sure that where we can in­ter­vene quite early on in it started ac­cept­ing re­fer­ral pa­tients for ra­di­ol­ogy ser­vices and per­form­ing Mag­netic Res­o­nance Imag­ing (MRI) scans and CAT (CT) scans. Since the re­fer­ral of pa­tients to NMCH started, Dr Ma­hol­wana noted that the back­log at hos­pi­tals like Char­lotte Max­eke Jo­han­nes­burg Aca­demic has been cleared com­pletely.

The two-year wait­ing list and times for MIR and CT scan ap­point­ments has also been re­duced sig­nif­i­cantly Chris Hani Barag­wanath Aca­demic Hos­pi­tal, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hos­pi­tal and Steve Biko Aca­demic Hos­pi­tal.

“We’ve seen a lot of chil­dren with can­cer and tu­mours and that has been the great­est im­pact of the hos­pi­tal, even on­col­ogy pa­tients are be­ing di­ag­nosed and treated im­me­di­ately.”

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