Facelift for child hospital

2010-07-14 13:38

Durban – After years of neglect, Durban’s historic Addington Children's Hospital will be given a major facelift.

“The hospital will be renovated. The MEC (for health Sbongiseni Dhlomo) will on Thursday unveil the project,” department spokesperson Chris Maxon said on Wednesday.

The hospital, which had become and eyesore, was situated next to Addington Hospital and had been frequented by vagrants for years as authorities struggled to decide what to do with it.

Maxon said it would cost R200m to revamp and buy new equipment.

“The department is also asking for donations.”

The hospital was completed in 1931. It was constructed after it was discovered there was a lack of specialist facilities for children. The money used to build it came from donations.