Today is a momentous occasion for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust, as it officially opened its doors to the highly anticipated Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg.
The hospital is a product of 11 years hard work, spearheaded by chief executive Sibongile Mkhabela who oversaw the business case development, feasibility study, design and construction and commissioning of the hospital.
Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi said that the facility was a long-standing vision of Nelson Mandela and that the health department were glad to have partnered with civic organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Islamic Relief Worldwide who have played an integral part in helping to provide funding towards the hospital.
“I am sure that wherever Madiba is he is looking down and smiling on what has transpired here today,” Motsoaledi said at the launch.
The minister also raised the issue of the lack of access to quality health care which is still a growing concern globally.
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