Dora Nginza paediatric ward given upgrade

2015-09-30 06:00
Helen Brown, Business Director Africa Philips, and Hon.Dr Pumza Patricia Dyantyi, MEC for the Department of Health for the Eastern Cape, officially open the upgraded paediatric unit at Dora Nginza Hospital, Port Elizabeth.

Helen Brown, Business Director Africa Philips, and Hon.Dr Pumza Patricia Dyantyi, MEC for the Department of Health for the Eastern Cape, officially open the upgraded paediatric unit at Dora Nginza Hospital, Port Elizabeth.

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LEADING medical device supplier Philips Health care, has made a substantial donation to upgrade the paediatric ward at government hospital, Dora Nginza.

The donation comes as bid to reduce the high infant mortality rate currently faced by the Eastern Cape health care system.

The donation takes the form of high-tech equipment, skills development and training to empower nursing staff to perform to their best ability in what is a pressurised and challenging environment.

“Philips has championed the UN Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, related to reducing child mortality and improving maternal health throughout Africa,” says Jose Fernandes, general manager at Philips Healthcare Southern Africa.

Going back over 18 months now, the project first started when the need for assistance at Dora Nginza Hospital was identified.

A Philips Train-the-trainer Education Program was implemented to provide a comprehensive, long-term collaboration where four ‘super-user’ team leaders were identified to become educators for their colleagues.

“Recognizing that lack of availability of trained and skilled healthcare professionals is an increasing challenge across Africa, Philips has put a lot of emphasis on education and skills development.

“The reaction from the nursing staff at Dora Nginza has been one of enthusiasm and motivation as they’ve been empowered to perform their jobs better,” says Fernandes.

Helen Brown, Business Director for Philip’s Patient Monitoring Solutions for Africa, managed the project from end to end. “Our Philips partner in the Eastern Cape, East Cape X-Ray, has played a significant and much appreciated role in this project, alongside the Philips staff who are passionate about healthcare and what we do in the industry,” said Brown.

The donation will run as a pilot project and successful outcomes will be continuously monitored and measured by the Philips Healthcare team. A White Paper will be drafted once the project reaches fruition, and similar projects will be implemented at other hospitals in need in the future

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