More beds for NW hospitals

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pretoria - North West hospitals will get an extra 535 beds in the 2010/11 financial year, Premier Maureen Modiselle said on Thursday

In line with the province's health delivery commitments, Modiselle said they are completing projects that will increase hospital bed capacity with 120 beds in Vryburg, 200 in Moses Kotane and 215 in Madibeng.

Delivering her State of the Province Address, Modiselle said the province had opened a new accident and emergency unit at the Job Shimankane Tabane Hospital.

The provincial government has also revitalized community health care facilities in Bojanala Platinum District and created world class sports medical facilities at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, while the Tshepong Hospital has also been upgraded to create additional capacity for Extreme Drug Resistance TB and Multi-Drug Resistance TB treatment.

"We have increased our psychiatric hospital bed capacity with 108 beds at Witrand Hospital," said Modiselle.

Moving on to other health matters, she said the province would also launch its provincial" know your HIV status" programme on 21 March to encourage people to get tested.

"Our message remains that of abstain, disclosure and partner protection as well as taking responsibility for own action."

Modiselle said she was going to appoint the Provincial AIDS Council to create a strategic centre of intervention that would mobilise province-wide HIV-AIDS related initiatives, leadership and resource use