Health services at 4 teaching hospitals to be monitored

WITS University and the Gauteng Department of Health have signed an accord to tackle health delivery at four hospitals that form part of Wits’ teaching platform.

Wits vice chancellor, Adam Habib, Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Gauteng health member of the executive committee (MEC), Hope Papo, signed a developmental accord last
week.

The four hospitals are the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Helen Joseph Academic Hospital, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital. In the accord, Wits and Gauteng Health pledged to address obstacles to health delivery and “to ensure the availability and functionality of equipment and consumables” at these hospitals.

[pullquote align=”right”]”…the event was ‘a historical moment” for Wits, the Gauteng health department and the ministry.[/pullquote]

According to Prof Ahmed Wadee, the dean of Health Sciences, the clinicians in the faculty initiated the agreement. “The university is committed to and would like to ensure that
hospital supplies and equipment are made available for patient care and for teaching and training,” said Wadee.

Doctors from the university will be part of the task team that will monitor the implementation of drug supplies and equipment. Practising medical students will benefit from the improved teaching facilities and will experience a more conducive learning environment. Approximately one thousand medical students are doing their practicals at these hospitals, Wadee said.

According to a statement, the objective of the accord is for the department and the university to work together towards better healthcare and the training of healthcare professionals. In the statement Habib said Wits doctors contribute towards keeping the health system alive and “…the event was ‘a historical moment” for Wits, the Gauteng health department and the ministry.

He said it symbolised how “decisive and committed leadership teams can engage and resolve issues of concern to the benefit of all parties and South African citizens as a whole”.
Wits will not be donating any funds to address the needs of these hospitals. The national department of health would fund equipment and other supplies.

Wadee said there was an extensive list of equipment and supplies needed by the hospital.

Wits Paediatric Fund reaches the halfway mark

UPGRADES to the Paediatric Casualty Unit (PCU) at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital will get a boost with the help of a fundraiser headlined by a well-known author.

Gerald Garner, a registered tour guide and author of Spaces & Places 2.0-JoburgPlaces will be giving a talk at the Wits Club on March 16 on the topic of places in Johannesburg and the rebirth of the city.

The fundraiser with Garner will cost R350 per person and starts at noon. The cost includes a welcome drink, entertainment and a buffet lunch. The fundraiser was organised by the Wits Paediatric Fund.

According to Lebogang Ngwatle, the development manager of the Wits Paediatric Fund, Garner was the perfect person for this fundraiser because his topic is relevant to Johannesburg. It will focus on how the city is being revamped and they hope to be able to do the same for the PCU.

The unit is old and in need of the basics such as chairs for staff and patients, as well as for doctors in the consultation rooms.

The doctor’s room in the unit is in need of a new bed, a couch, a study desk and lamp.

A shower and toilet need to be added to the room, because doctors have to stay overnight and are currently using public toilets in the mornings.

The children’s play area also needs attention as it does not have any tables, chairs, sofas and toys.

The playhouse needs to be fully refurbished with a fresh coat of paint and a new floor.

When asked about their target amount, Ngwatle said the estimated about R40,000 was needed for the

They have so far raised R20 000, bringing them halfway to their rough target.

Dr Yola Soundy, head of the PCU, believes “anything will help”.

The Wits Paediatric Fund serves the paediatric units of the Wits Medical School’s three teaching hospitals, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital and Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.