Gauteng hospital gets new equipment

2012-12-06 22:11
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Johannesburg - Over R12m has been spent buying new equipment and filling vacancies at two hospitals in Gauteng, the provincial health department said on Thursday.

The Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital received R10m worth of new equipment, said department spokesperson Simon Zwane.

It included cardiac monitors, thoracoscopy sets, a paediatric bronchoscopy, a laparoscopic camera system, and blood warmers.

The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital would receive new equipment early next year, he said.

"Charlotte Maxeke has also been assisted to employ about 250 nurses, doctors as well as administration and support staff."

Zwane said the new staff consisted of 150 nurses and 56 doctors.

The outlay was part of efforts to improve Gauteng health services.

"All hospitals are under instruction to improve the attitude of staff, ensure cleanliness, improve waiting times, patient safety, infection control and availability of medicines and equipment," Gauteng health MEC Hope Papo said in a statement.

Zwane said the appointment of anaesthesiologists and nurses at the Steve Biko hospital, in Pretoria, had ensured the reactivation of three theatres and intensive care units.

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