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State-of-the-art Radiology Complex for sub-Saharan Africa’s largest Children’s Hospital

On Thursday, 28 August 2014, donors of the Children’s Hospital Trust gathered at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital to preview the 50% building progress of the new multi-million rand Radiology Complex. The new Complex will consolidate the services of the Hospital’s existing Radiology and Nuclear Medicine departments, the busiest areas in the Hospital at present. The Western Cape Government: Health funded 50% of the R51million cost and the Children’s Hospital Trust raised the remainder, through the committed support of donors. 

More than 40 000 patients are referred to the Hospital’s Radiology and Nuclear Medicine departments primarily from the Western Cape Province, including private facilities, other provinces and from other African countries. These two departments are currently split over four sites on two separate floors and patient flow and space is negatively affected. The Nuclear Medicine Department uses radioactivity to image organs and diseases and is the only dedicated paediatric nuclear medicine facility in South Africa. 

Regarding the partnership with the Children’s Hospital Trust and donors of the fundraising initiative, Western Cape Minister of Health, Theuns Botha, said that “it is only through cooperation, co-partnering and co-accountability that we can bring health services closer to our people”.

Wakeel’s Speech to the donors 

Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen. 

My name is Wakeel Greef, I stay in Ottery and I am 8 years old. 

I was 4 years old when the doctors at Red Cross found out I have a brain tumor. I started Chemotherapy at the age of 5 years old. Every 6 months I have a MRI. 

It is a nice playroom with lots of toys and then we can watch movies. At times there are 3 or 4 children waiting for scans, then Sister Barbara speak nice to us and make us laugh. She then injects us then we fall asleep to go in for the scans. They push me in that drum bed to take photos of my brains. It was my 10th time that I had a MRI. 

The MRI room is very small. Thank you for money to have a bigger room. I have to wait 13 hours before I go for my scan. I am not allowed to eat or drink. 

On behalf of all the other children we really appreciate your help. I thank you!!!


One comment

  1. The Children’s Trust is doing an absolute FANTASTIC job, well done. Was ‘blown away’ by Wakeel, what an incredible young boy, was wonderful to meet him.

    Comment by Belinda Berman on August 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

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