Khayelitsha Hossie up for improvements

2017-06-01 06:00
Craig Braaf, WCG business manager, Ian de Vega, WCG directore information management, Mzwandile Feni, chairperson for Khayelitsha District Hospital board, Dr Anwar Kharwa, CEO for Khayelitsha District Hospital, Kalid Abdulla, group Chief Executive Officer of African Equity Empowerment Investments Limited (AEEL),and Gerrit Henning, MD for Health System Technology, during the handoverr of the cheque, on Thursday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Craig Braaf, WCG business manager, Ian de Vega, WCG directore information management, Mzwandile Feni, chairperson for Khayelitsha District Hospital board, Dr Anwar Kharwa, CEO for Khayelitsha District Hospital, Kalid Abdulla, group Chief Executive Officer of African Equity Empowerment Investments Limited (AEEL),and Gerrit Henning, MD for Health System Technology, during the handoverr of the cheque, on Thursday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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The Khayelitsha District Hospital has received a shot in the arm with the donation of about R100 000 from the African Equity Empowerment Investments Limited (AEEL) on Thursday.

This was done to help improve operations at the facility.

Khalid Abdulla, the Group Chief Executive Officer of African Equity Empowerment Investments Limited (AEEL), together with his team, handed over the cheque to management.

Abdulla has sent out a challenge to other businesses to beat that amount and donate more to the hospital.

“This is our way of ploughing back to the community.

I am challenging other companies to contribute. We want to see who is going to top the amount that we donated here,” he said.

He said they organised they had organised golf tournament as a fund-raising effort to generate the donation.

Mzwandile Feni, chairperson of the Khayelitsha District Hospital board, said he was grateful for the money, which, he said, will go a long way in assisting the hospital.

“The donation will contribute immensely to the well-being of people of Khayelitsha. Without external help or assistance, what we see will amount to nothing. We wish to see the hospital becoming a double or third story building in future,” Feni said.

Feni also said they were planning to use some of the money to buy mattresses as they have an acute shortage of beds.

“There was a miscalculation when the hospital was planned.

There are 300 beds here and the number of patients that need beds is more than that.

We are also planning to do fund-raising events so that we can generate more money that will assist families that are struggling to bury their loved ones.

Some families dump their loved ones when they die because they cannot afford to bury them,” he added.

He said they have also expanded the hospital with 30 new wards being added, recently.

Dr Anwar Kharwa, the Chief Executive Officer at the hospital, said the facility is equipped with the latest in technology that other hospitals in the country does not yet have.

“We have an electronic folder storage facility. Our doctors are able to access folders through their smart phones.

This is no ordinary hospital. Patients here wait less than 10 minutes when they go to the pharmacy to collect their medical prescriptions,” he said.

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