Walter Sisulu University medical school goes provincial


In a formidable collaboration with the Eastern Cape Department of Health, WSU has launched its Western Region leg of three provincial medical units known as deaneries to support local medical students and registrars.

The geographic area referred to as the Western Region consists of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro District and the Sara Baartman Health District.

In addition to this region are the eastern region which works with the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha and the central region working with Frere Hospital in East London.

Hospitals comprising the medical units in the Western Region include Elizabeth Donkin, Dora Nginza, Port Elizabeth Provincial and Livingstone Hospital to provide excellence in post- graduate medical training and academic health information.

WSU Interim Vice Chancellor and Principal Prof Khaya Mfenyana said that the renewed agreement between the two institutions signed in 2014 was more comprehensive than those of the past.

“WSU has a responsibility to produce quality health personnel and the department of health has to provide quality health services. This agreement will help us break the boundaries of health for the sake of the people of the Eastern Cape,” he said.

Livingstone Hospital CEO Thulani Madonsela said as a department they were proud to be witness to a process that will bring the only medical school in the province to the region as Mthatha is some 600km away.

“The structure will be at the forefront of the improvement of health care quality and health outcomes for our population,” he said.

The launch included academic tours to the four hospitals as well presentations rich in psychiatric research by medical students and registrars in training.

Dora Nginza Hospital Psychiatric doctor, Alti Bronkhorst said she couldn’t have chosen a better medical school to do her registrar training.

“I fell into the butter. I initially had a post in Pretoria but because of family commitments I had to stay. Looking back now, I would not have wanted it any other way,” she said.

In addition, Mfenyana concluded by saying that what would help the partnership achieve better outcomes for people of the province would be expanding teaching and training platforms.

This would in turn include most facilities in the province starting from central to tertiary hospitals; to district hospitals and clinics.

The noble affair also doubled as an inauguration ceremony for the 12 member Deanery Management Committee.