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Mandela Childrens hospital management denies funding crisis

Thursday 14 September 2017 19:22

Candice Nolan

Amidst reports of a possible funding crisis, the hospital announced that everything is on track.

Amidst reports of a possible funding crisis, the hospital announced that everything is on track.

Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital has slammed reports that the there is a funding crisis. Amidst these reports, the hospital announced that everything is on track.

CEO Mandisa Maholwana has down played these reports saying that the hospital continues to be groundbreaking in achieving new milestones.   

"For us now we've met our first milestone and we are very proud of it, the next steps are critical as we commission and open additional services and expand the referral pools as well for patients and other hospitals into NMCH. In our commitment to all stakeholders the following services will be opening before the end of March 2018. Cardiology outpatient services are imminent and we are looking forward to making that announcement quite shortly. This will be followed by dialysis services, intensive care services and surgical services.”

The Hospital has already treated 200 patients, over two months, in its newly opened radiology unit and management says insists that it's all systems go for the phasing-in of other services.

A first of its kind in South Africa, the hospital is one of five children's hospitals on the continent. This Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital was a part of a dream of the late former President Nelson Mandela.

Government initially set aside R600 million for the hospital over three years. This has increased by R50 million.  Government and private sector partners have welcomed the hospital as a unique player in the healthcare space.
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