Qual­ity health­care on the cards for KZN

Vuk'uzenzele - - Youhtehalftohcus - Hlengiwe Ngob­ese

ThE NEW hOS­PI­Tal

The days when Nkosingiphile Khu­malo (22) from Inanda, north of Dur­ban, had to travel a long dis­tance by foot to col­lect his grand­mother’s med­i­ca­tion from Ma­hatma Gandhi Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal will soon be over.

In just 16 months the new 500bed Dr Prix­ley KaSeme Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal will open its doors, bring­ing qual­ity health­care to the peo­ple. The R2.5 bil­lion state-of-the-art hos­pi­tal will bring much-needed re­lief to the 1,5 mil­lion res­i­dents of Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

It will serve as a re­fer­ral cen­tre for all sur­round­ing pub­lic health­care fa­cil­i­ties and will al­le­vi­ate pres­sure from Ma­hatma Gandhi Memo­rial, which has a mas­sive catch­ment area.

“I am very happy that this hos­pi­tal has been built not far from my home. When I go to col­lect my grand­mother’s med­i­ca­tion I will be able to come back early and help with other things at home,” said Khu­malo.

KwaZulu-Na­tal Health MEC Dr Si­bongiseni Dhlomo said the hos­pi­tal is ex­pected to change many lives.

“The Dr Prix­ley KaSeme Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal will de­crease the vol­ume of pa­tients and ease con­ges­tion at Ma­hatma Gandhi Memo­rial and King Ed­ward hos­pi­tals,” said MEC Dhlomo.

The hos­pi­tal will pro­vide a full spec­trum of up-to-date, world-stan­dard med­i­cal ser­vices, con­sis­tent with the norms and stan­dards adopted for all pub­lic health fa­cil­i­ties in South Africa.

Since the start of con­struc­tion in 2015, 1 802 peo­ple have been em­ployed, in­clud­ing 1 167 lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers, 163 of which are women, 986 are youth and two are dis­abled.

Dr Prix­ley KaSeme’s grand­son Vezind­aba Seme said the fam­ily is very happy that the hos­pi­tal has been named af­ter his grand­fa­ther.

“This shows that my grand­fa­ther’s legacy and his good deeds are re­mem­bered, even to­day, al­though he passed away a long time ago. Even I will use this hos­pi­tal as it is close to my home in Inanda,” he said.

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