Machine brings relief for hospital

2010-11-10 00:00

A DONATION of an endoscopic machine to Northdale Hospital is expected to bring relief for the long list of patients who were referred to other hospitals for endoscopic-related examinations.

The machine includes a gastroscope and colonoscope with a video processor, which enables doctors to make a rapid diagnosis.

The original machine became obsolete 15 years ago and this has led to long waiting lists of patients needing diagnosis for various internal conditions.

The machine is used to evaluate severe stomach pains, ulcers, gastritis, digestive tract bleeding, and to investigate polyps in the colon.

Al Baraka Bank donated the R380 000 machine after it was approached by principal specialist surgeon, Dr Mohammad Quazi, for assistance. The hospital caters for more than 1 200 patients daily.

Quazi said the hospital’s primary healthcare service was impeded by the unavailability of the machine.

KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said the support of the bank will mean better healthcare service for Northdale patients.

“The support from the private sector must be acknowledged. This hospital has not been able to examine and diagnose cancer, ulcers and other internal complications on time. Now Al Baraka has brought hope and speedy detection of internal medical problems using this machine.

“This also means that there will be no more waiting periods of up to six months before patients can be diagnosed,” said Dhlomo.

The bank’s head, Shabir Chohan, said Al Baraka takes its corporate social responsibility seriously. He said the bank has been involved in education, safety and security, health and social development.

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