Cape Times

Equipment boost for hospital


THE SA Medical and Education (Same) Foundation yesterday handed over lifesaving medical equipment worth R2.3 million to the Khayelitsh­a District Hospital.

Since 2017, Same has been partnering with the hospital and securing funds needed to replace lifesaving equipment, resources, and assisting the medical staff to continue offering the best quality medical treatment to their patients.

The Khayelitsh­a District serves one of the biggest and poorest informal settlement­s in the country. The hospital is a 300-bed government district hospital. With the surroundin­g communitie­s densely populated, the hospital sees a high flow of patients through its doors daily.

This has caused problems like insufficie­nt medical equipment, and wards running at over-capacity.

The hospital’s health-care services cover HIV, TB, mental health, maternity, neo-natal care, paediatric­s and trauma.

Same yesterday donated new equipment, including 65 mental health patient beds, a Hamilton C1 ventilator, an ultrasound DC40 with three probes, a MAC 2000 machine, a hyfrecator machine, 16 new patient trolleys with mattresses, five HB meters, and 10 mental health patient chairs.

Same chief executive Trevor Pols said the foundation was proud of the partnershi­p with the hospital.

“We are handing over

R2.3 million worth of medical equipment which will be followed by another R1.2m worth of equipment at the end of this year. Khayelitsh­a hospital serves one of the largest informal settlement­s in South Africa and it’s for that reason that the Same Foundation wants to partner with the hospital to impact the most lives possible,” Pols said.

Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo said this was one of the busiest hospitals in the province and specifical­ly the metro.

“We have faced many challenges, more specifical­ly around the emergency care and mental health ward, where some patients ended up having no beds and had to sleep on the floor.

“I am aware of the Same Foundation’s contributi­ons in the health-care sector and really appreciate all the contributi­ons. Without public-private partnershi­ps and donations from various corporates, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” Mbombo said.

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