Mediclinic supports Western Cape Government Mandela Day Initiative
Posted on 14 August 2017
Mediclinic was recently able to contribute towards a Mandela Day initiative arranged by the Western Cape Government, where life changing operations for 67 patients were performed at various public hospitals across the province. Patients were identified from the Department of Health’s waiting list as those in dire need of surgical intervention.
With the health budget diminishing and the influx of people into the Western Cape, together with an increasingly acute load due to trauma, providing elective surgeries such as hip and knee replacements have, in recent years, become increasingly sought after in the public sector. According to the Western Cape Department of Health the expected waiting time for cataract surgery is around 18 months and for hip and knee surgery approximately two years. Alongside a number of private sector organisations, Mediclinic was able to relieve the caseload through a financial donation towards the project.
Mediclinic recognises the importance of contributing where possible and that by working together we are able to provide better access to care and create a legacy within the community by touching and improving their lives.
This commitment is in line with one of the cornerstones of Mediclinic’s ethos – to give back to the communities in which we operate through our carefully crafted corporate social investment programme. Mediclinic supports a progressive approach to the delivery of affordable and accessible healthcare in South Africa and as such our CSI strategy is an important contribution in achieving this objective.
Tier one of Mediclinic’s CSI platform comprises partnering with public hospitals. As a result we have successfully collaborated with government on a number of initiatives in recent years. Previous partnerships include cataract operations in the Northern Cape, tonsillectomies in Tshwane and the donation of cardiac intensive care beds to Tygerberg Hospital in the Western Cape.
According to Dr Mvula Yoyo, Transformation Executive for Mediclinic Southern Africa, ‘This particular initiative undertaken on Mandela Day was the ideal opportunity to provide tangible results that directly affect our most vulnerable communities, highlighting what can be attained through a collaborative, unified approach to healthcare. By accelerating the life-altering procedures, so many patients will once again be in a position to actively contribute to the community.’
Dr Yoyo continues, ‘We believe that collaborating in the delivery of sustainable healthcare for all South Africans is essential as many of the obstacles facing the healthcare sector are universal – such as the very high burden of disease and the critical shortage of healthcare professionals.’ To overcome the shortage of nursing professionals Mediclinic has taken deliberate steps to become a registered tertiary-education institution and currently has seven learning centres and two satellite campuses where more than 1 000 nurse practitioners are trained every year. Mediclinic is also committed to expanding the support for training by partnering with the government to educate doctors and has already contributed to various academic institutions to this effect.
‘Mediclinic is proud to have been involved in the Mandela Day initiative and eagerly awaits further opportunities to draw alongside the public sector to build a stronger and healthier nation,’ Dr Yoyo concludes.