First-rate hospi­tal in Eden­dale

The Witness - - OPINION - Dr RAMESH BIRTHARTHEE Moun­tain Rise

I WAS ad­mit­ted to Eden Gar­dens pri­vate hospi­tal on Di­wali day (Novem­ber 7) with se­vere pneu­mo­nia. I did not know what to ex­pect from a hospi­tal that had opened its doors just a month be­fore. I was ad­mit­ted to the high-care unit.

Fight­ing for my life, I had no­ticed noth­ing in the room. The next morn­ing, I was vis­ited by the ma­tron, my doc­tors, the CEO, the nurs­ing staff and the head of the ICU and high care unit. I felt like a ma­haraja. I thought to my­self, gosh I never knew I was so well-known and im­por­tant. Ci­ti­zens of greater Eden­dale and Pi­eter­mar­itzburg CBD, this is how this hospi­tal re­ceives you. I have been in hospi­tals in and around all of PMB be­cause I suf­fer from a chronic con­di­tion but I have never felt as if I was at home, of course mi­nus all those nasty pipes.

Com­ing to the main point: this ar­ti­cle is not to advertise the hospi­tal, but to tell the ci­ti­zens of greater Eden­dale that they have a pri­vate hospi­tal in their back yard. It takes guts to in­vest. Prior to 1994, there were cries of dis­crim­i­na­tion due to a lack of fa­cil­i­ties, etc. To­day, greater Eden­dale is grow­ing into a ma­jor CBD. The open­ing of an ex­cel­lent pri­vate hospi­tal in the area is the start of new devel­op­ment.

At the mo­ment, the gov­ern­ment is plan­ning a na­tional health scheme for all its ci­ti­zens. This means that ul­ti­mately, all peo­ple will have med­i­cal aid.

I will tell you this, pri­vate fa­cil­i­ties will be short and de­vel­op­ing such fa­cil­i­ties is not done overnight as it is very costly. Ci­ti­zens of Eden­dale, use this fa­cil­ity and don’t let down the devel­op­ment. Make this project a suc­cess and I am sure other pro­jects will fol­low.

Fi­nally, the TLC I re­ceived dur­ing my 14 days stay at the Eden Gar­dens Hospi­tal was com­pa­ra­ble to none.

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