Celebrating a centenary

2016-04-19 06:00
A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at Mowbray Maternity Hospital to launch the facility’s centennial celebrations. From left, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo; Dr Malikah Van Der Schyff, chairperson of the Health Facility Board; Janine Joemat, Chief Executive Officer; Professor Sue Fawcus, Head of Obstetrics at the hospital; Dr Lucy Linley, Head of the Neonatal Unit and Raaghhib Najjaar, community representative on the Health Facility Board. PHOTO: gary van dyk

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at Mowbray Maternity Hospital to launch the facility’s centennial celebrations. From left, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo; Dr Malikah Van Der Schyff, chairperson of the Health Facility Board; Janine Joemat, Chief Executive Officer; Professor Sue Fawcus, Head of Obstetrics at the hospital; Dr Lucy Linley, Head of the Neonatal Unit and Raaghhib Najjaar, community representative on the Health Facility Board. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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Mowbray Maternity is pregnant!

In December it will be giving birth to some super celebrations to celebrate being 100 years old and last week the hospital officially launched its nine month countdown to the celebrations which symbolises the length of a normal pregnancy.

The largest dedicated maternity hospital in South Africa, Mowbray Maternity officially opened its doors in 1916.

Arranged by the hospital’s Health Facility Board, the occasion last Thursday (14 April) provided the opportunity to pay tribute to the history and heritage of the remarkable facility.

Speaking at the function Western Cape Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo commended the facility for unceasingly providing quality maternal services to the residents of the province throughout the years. “It is a key priority for the Western Cape Government Health to continuously deliver quality maternal and infant health care,” she said. “Our flagship, Mowbray Maternity Hospital, has greatly assisted the department in achieving and maintaining this objective, we take this time to thank you for your sacrifices and dedication.”

According to Dr Malikah Van Der Schyff, Chairperson of the Health Facility Board the specialist offering of maternal and neonatal service has contributed to the success of the hospital.

Janine Joemat, Chief Executive Officer of Mowbray Maternity Hospital says that although the facility operates under immense service pressures, especially given the rise in the need for specialised services for pregnant females, it has continued to serve the community by providing quality health care.

Joemat highlights that the unique legacy of Mowbray Maternity Hospital is thanks to the dedicated and committed staff.

“Peninsula Maternity Hospital closed its doors on 12 January 1992, after serving the community of District Six for more than 70 years. The facility amalgamated with Mowbray Maternity Hospital on 13 January 1992.

“This meant that many of the staff from Peninsula joined the personnel of Mowbray. Together with the common goal of providing quality maternal care to all, staff members have played a pivotal role in establishing a ‘family orientated’ culture at the facility.

“Over the years, this unique aspect has never worn and proven to be the cornerstone of Mowbray’s success,” says Joemat.

In 2007, Mowbray Maternity received recognition for outstanding performance in the field of health care by winning the “Premier’s Service Excellence Award” for service delivery in the Western Cape. Other successes include being the first hospital in the world to deliver sextuplets, the Rosenkowitz sextuplets who survived infancy.

Joemat highlights that although infant mortality and morbidity is a key focus for the facility, reduction of maternal deaths are just as important. “The death of a woman who leaves behind a young family has devastating consequences for these survivors, with increased chances of disadvantage, illness and premature death, especially in poorer communities.

“Mowbray Maternity Hospital is one of many facilities in South Africa which has progressively implemented new HIV/AIDS treatment policies to assist in the reduction of maternal and infant mortality in our country.”

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