Stanger Hospital open day

2015-06-24 06:00
Photo: Makhosandile Zulu
Stanger Regional Hospital CEO Thamela Ngcobo speaks at the hospitaland#039;s open day.

Photo: Makhosandile Zulu Stanger Regional Hospital CEO Thamela Ngcobo speaks at the hospitaland#039;s open day.

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THE Stanger Regional Hospital chief executive officer urged ward councillors to address the high prevalence of teenage pregnancy in the district.

Hospital CEO Thamela Ngcobo said: “War rooms need to address the high rate of teen pregnancy within this district. We have the highest rate of teen pregnancy not only in this province, but in the country.” Ngcobo was speaking during the hospital’s open day on Friday,m which was attended by councillors and stakeholders.

According to Ngcobo, iLembe district has the second highest HIV prevalence in the 11 districts. She said that young boys are under­ the misconception that being circumcised means they will not be infected with HIV.

She said: “We encourage all men to get circumcised.” She stressing that “condomising” is still of utmost importance even after­ the procedure.

Ngcobo said the hospital’s Tuthuzela­ Care Centre, which takes care of victims of sexual abuse, has seen a slight increase in the number of sexually abused girls under the age of 12.

She said that TB is another major concern and said unfavourable living conditions and an individual’s behaviour are some of the causes the disease continues to spread.

The 500-bed facility, serving an estimated 632 456 district population, which has a 2014/2015 budget above R450 million, is the only regional hospital between Empangeni and Durban, hence it functions both as a regional and a district hospital, said Ngcobo.

A maternity ward, which will be built at a cost of R120 million, which will have a helipad, is under construction and is due for completion in May 2016.

The open day was intended to share with community leaders the hospital’s history, its goals, and the challenges it faces and plans to address this as well as its resources

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