Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, who was in attendance for the opening ceremony, announced that the equipment found in the hospital was previously only found in private hospitals. “This is a great day for us and the people of Ekurhuleni, because at long last, what we have been waiting for is here,” said Minister Motsoaledi.
This includes an eHealth system that is set to drastically improve patient care and service delivery. “It does not use the old filing system but the modern e-filing system, I am sure people will stop complaining that they can’t be helped because they lost files,” said Premier Makhura.
The hospital, which cost R1.7 billion to construct over a period of eight years, is furnished with 821 beds and spans an area of over 7,000m². It offers services such as family medicine, 24-hour casualty, medico-legal, obstetrics and gynaecological, mortuary, radiography and an eye, nose and throat clinic. The hospital also has six operating theatres and a mammography unit.
The hospital will take referrals from clinics, community healthcare centres and district hospitals, serving Thokoza, Vosloorus, Katlehong, Magugala Heights, Zonkizikwe, Phola Park, Palm Ridge, Eden Park, Germiston and Leondale.
Premier Makhura said about 37 clinics were linked to the hospital and informed the public to continue using their local clinics as they would need referrals from them to go to the hospital. He pleaded with residents to take care of the hospital as it will provide them and the future generations with good service.
“The next hospital that we are going to build will be Soshanguve Hospital in Pretoria, and we are going to take 36 months to build it, nothing more,” said the Minister Motsoaledi.
Premier Makhura echoed the Minister, saying no additions will be made to the initial budget for the coming infrastructure programmes. “Because the longer the project runs, the more expensive it becomes.”
“This is proof enough that we were serious as the provincial government when we said we are going to fast track service delivery, including infrastructure of schools and other hospitals yet to be built,” continued Premier Makhura.
Infrastructure Development MEC, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, said 4,950 jobs were created during the hospital’s construction and 16 local contractors were employed on different trades. “Almost 700 people from the surrounding communities underwent skills training and development,” said MEC Mayathula-Khoza .
“The construction and handover of the new hospital is a milestone in the creation of a better life for all Gauteng residents, through the modernisation of health infrastructure solutions,” concluded MEC Mayathula-Khoza.