Care shown with colour

2019-02-27 06:01
The upgraded Pelonomi Hospital’s paediatric wards were officially opened by stakeholders on 13 February. From the left are, front: Mpotsang Nzume (head of the department of administration, Pelonomi Hospital), Dr Riana van Zyl (director of the MACAH Foundation) and Prof. Gert van Zyl (dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Free State); back: Baesi Ramodula (chief executive officer of the Pelonomi Hospital) and Prof. André Venter (head of the Department Paedi­atrics and Child Health at the University of the Free State). Photo: Supplied

The upgraded Pelonomi Hospital’s paediatric wards were officially opened by stakeholders on 13 February. From the left are, front: Mpotsang Nzume (head of the department of administration, Pelonomi Hospital), Dr Riana van Zyl (director of the MACAH Foundation) and Prof. Gert van Zyl (dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Free State); back: Baesi Ramodula (chief executive officer of the Pelonomi Hospital) and Prof. André Venter (head of the Department Paedi­atrics and Child Health at the University of the Free State). Photo: Supplied

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The paediatric wards at the Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein have a new look after a makeover that fosters an environment conducive to healing.

The wards underwent a colourful transformation through a partnership by various stakeholders.

Stakeholders made it possible by donating material for the upgrade.

The makeover included the creative use of paint that gave the wards a much friendlier look for children.

Donors, volunteers and paediatric staff teamed up to do the work.

The upgraded paediatric wards were officially opened by the partners on 13 February. On the day of its opening, the voices of children singing filled the new-look ward as they rejoice a breath of fresh air.

The event was graced by the executive management of the Pelonomi Hospital, representatives of the University of the Free State (UFS) School of Clinical Medicine and directors of the Mother and Child Academic Hospital (MACAH) Foundation.

Baesi Ramodula, chief executive officer of the Pelonomi Hospital, highlighted the importance of caring for mothers and babies while Prof. Gert van Zyl, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the UFS, emphasised the powerful message of “Speaking Life” conveyed by the murals.

Prof. André Venter, head of the Department Paediatrics and Child Health and founding director of the MACAH Foundation, has expressed appreciation about the role played by the UFS through the children’s wing project.

Petro Lombard, author of the “Speaking Life” theme and book, together with Theodora Grivas, artist of the project, dedicated hours to complete the four paediatric wards and the burns unit.

They are also ambassadors of the MACAH Foundation and are passionate about mothers, babies and children.

Several volunteer groups were involved.

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