100 years of birthdays

2016-12-13 06:01
Lighting candles as part of the centennial thanksgiving service at Mowbray Maternity Hospital are some of the staff from the facility.

Lighting candles as part of the centennial thanksgiving service at Mowbray Maternity Hospital are some of the staff from the facility.

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Mowbray Maternity Hospital is celebrating 100 years of bringing babies into the world.

Premier Helen Zille was at a special thanksgiving service at the facility last Thursday.

In her address at the event she paid homage to the remarkable work done at the hospital and the team who makes its all possible.

Established in 1916, Mowbray Maternity Hospital is the largest dedicated maternity hospital in South Africa.

“Over the years, communities have greatly benefitted from the quality maternal and neonatal health care and services offered at this specialist facility,” Zille said.

“I am forever grateful to have delivered my eldest son, Paul Maree, at the facility more than 30 years ago.”

According to Zille, the hospital offers well-equipped, modern healthcare facilities and employs some of the country’s best doctors and specialists.

“Over the century, this facility has greatly assisted the Western Cape government in achieving high standards of maternal and infant care,” said Zille.

Echoing these sentiments, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, provincial health minister, highlights that maternal and infant service in the province has over the years become more patient-focused.

“A woman’s health is essential to the good health of her infant,” she says. “It has therefore become vital that our previous doctor-centred medical system be replaced by patient-centred care, which revolves around the needs of the patient.”

Currently, the hospital has 132 obstetric beds and 73 neonatal beds. Apart from the local primary service areas, the facility also provides obstetric and neonatal clinical support to five midwife obstetric units (MOUs) in False Bay, Gugulethu, Hanover Park, Mitchell’s Plain and Retreat.

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