HEALTH MEC DR PHOPHI RAMATHUBA TO OFFICIALLY HAND OVER NEWLY REVAMPED ICU WARD AT PIETERSBURG HOSPITAL

HEALTH MEC DR PHOPHI RAMATHUBA TO OFFICIALLY HAND OVER NEWLY REVAMPED ICU WARD AT PIETERSBURG HOSPITAL

Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba will officially hand over the 17 bedded ICU ward inclusive of high care at Pietersburg Hospital, Polokwane municipality in the Capricorn District.

The newly revamped ward has 17 combined beds capacity, with 11 adults ICU beds, 4 Paediatrics ICU beds and 2 cardiac beds with isolation capacity, and Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CEPAP) ventilators which will cater patients who will need special care. Pietersburg Hospital has an additional 12 ICU beds from the existing structure, which brings the total number of ICU beds to 29.

“As a province, we have learned during COVID-19 that there is a need to increase our ICU beds and instead of building field hospitals, we used the allocated COVID-19 infrastructure grant to focus on amongst others increasing number of our ICU beds starting with all our regional hospitals. Letaba Hospital in Mopani was upgraded with 16 ICU beds, Tshilidzini in Vhembe, with 12 while Mokopane in Waterberg with 22 ICU beds, respectively. It is unfortunate that we experienced a delay at St Rita’s hospital in Sekhukhune due to unsatisfied community members at times disrupting the project. We are also hoping to finalise the project and hand over it to the owners, who are the community. This new facility in Pietersburg Tertiary hospital will also serve as a support structure to all our regional hospitals for cases that can not be managed at that level. We no longer want to hear that there is no ICU bed for any patient that is requiring one” said MEC Ramathuba.

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