Chil­dren’s hospi­tal com­pleted

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CON­STRUC­TION of the much-an­tic­i­pated Nel­son Man­dela Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal has been com­pleted, with its of­fi­cial open­ing set for De­cem­ber.

Nel­son Man­dela Chil­dren’s Fund chief ex­ec­u­tive Sibongile Mkha­bela said the build­ing in Park­town, Jo­han­nes­burg, was com­pleted last month.

“Con­trac­tors handed over the keys of the build­ing to us in June. We will be open­ing its doors of­fi­cially in De­cem­ber. The build­ing is now be­ing equipped in­side, in­clud­ing in­te­rior art and fea­tures.

“It has been a long jour­ney, from the con­cep­tion of the busi­ness plan and lob­by­ing that took 10 years, to the com­mence­ment of con­struc­tion in 2014,” Mkha­bela said at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Man­dela Day ac­tiv­i­ties launch in Jo­han­nes­burg yes­ter­day.

She said R1 bil­lion was needed to carry out the project, and her or­gan­i­sa­tion had so far raised R850 mil­lion. The hospi­tal would pride it­self in the no­tion that no child would be turned away due to guardian’s in­abil­ity to pay, said Mkha­bela

The state-of-the-art hospi­tal was the brain­child of the for­mer states­man who en­cour­aged so­ci­ety’s in­volve­ment in the nur­tur­ing and safe­guard­ing of chil­dren. The Fund was able to mo­bilise re­sources on the con­ti­nent and glob­ally. A Cana­dian chil­dren’s hospi­tal, among oth­ers, had part­nered with the fund to see through the project, Mkha­bela said.

The hospi­tal would em­ploy at least 150 doc­tors and 451 pae­di­atric nurs­ing pro­fes­sion­als. The new hospi­tal would be South Africa’s sec­ond chil­dren’s hospi­tal af­ter Red Cross Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in Cape Town. – ANA

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