DoH takes over St Mary’s Hospital

2017-10-31 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedDr Sibongiseni Dhlomo briefs the media at St Mary’s Hospital.

PHOTO: suppliedDr Sibongiseni Dhlomo briefs the media at St Mary’s Hospital.

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ST Mary’s Hospital recently handed over the hospital to the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, after it suffered financial constraints.

St Mary’s Hospital was built in 1927 by monks who arrived in South Africa in 1882.

The monks appealed to women in their home parishes in Europe for assistance and five women responded who formed the foundation of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood, which is the religious order of nuns.

According to KZN Department of Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo September 29, 2016, the department and trustees of the insolvent St Mary’s Catholic Mission Hospital Trust and the missionary sisters of the Precious Blood, held a joint media briefing to announce the start of negotiations on the planned disposal of the institution.

“This was necessitated by the financial difficulties encountered by the previous owners of the hospital in the running of this historic institution that was established in 1927.

The news of a possible shut-down of this 200-bed, Level 1 district hospital that serves a population of three million, raised a big concern to us as KZN government, Department of Health and various stakeholders, including its health-care users.

“For over 100 years this hospital has provided quality health-care service to communities in Cato Ridge, Inchanga, Mpumalanga, Hammersdale, Shongweni Dam, KwaNgcolosi, Waterfall, Molweni, Gillits, Hillcrest, Stockville, Kloof, Mpola, Tshelimnyama, Mariannhill, Pinetown, Ashley, Wyebank, Clermont and New Germany.”

He said St Mary’s Hospital also acts as a referral hospital for 15 provincial and municipal primary health-care clinics as well as two community health centres.

“The closure of this hospital would have spelt disaster as it would have severely compromised access to health-care services.

“It would also hamper our efforts to reduce the burden of diseases in this province.

“Worse of all, was the spectre of joblessness­ and loss of skills in the health sector as many of the hospital employees would have suddenly found themselves out of employment St Mary’s Hospital will remain the pride of the people of KwaZulu-Natal, giving them services­, including family medicine and primary health care, rehabilitation, surgery, obstetrics, paediatrics, psychiatry, eye care and geriatrics.

“We are extremely pleased at these developments and we appreciate this opportunity to deliver quality health care to our people,” said Dhlomo.

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