WSU to head R92 Million Lusikisiki Health Centre

JULY 15, 2016

A thick cloud of elation and euphoria enveloped the rural town of Lusikisiki as Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle delivered on his mandate to improve healthcare service for the poorest of the poor.

The province’s first citizen was on hand on Thursday 14 June to unveil, together with WSU Vice-Chancellor Prof Rob Midgely and MEC for Health Dr Phumza Dyantyi, a golden plaque signalling the official opening of the R92 million state-of-the-art St. Elizabeth Hospital Health Resource Centre (SEH-HRC) strategically housed within the same hospital complex whose name it bears.

“This is a revolution in the making. We’re revolutionising healthcare service in this region through delivery of the best infrastructure and facilities. This intervention will ensure integrated implementation of programmes and services throughout the provincial healthcare centres,” said Masualle.

On-going development within the town’s healthcare infrastructure was clear for all to see, with erection of new structures in the Lilitha Nursing College and the hospital itself continuing and playing an apt backdrop to the festivities.

MEC for Health Dr Dyantyi lauded the great work in building the structure, hailing it an epic triumph that surpassed all expectations.

“This is the fifth such centre in the province and it’s by far the best one yet. These centres are strategically placed throughout the province for maximum coverage, with three attached to tertiary hospitals; Nelson Mandela Academic  in Mthatha,  Frere Hospital in East London, and Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth. The other centre is attached to the regional hospitals; Frontier in Queenstown,” she said.

She said the disproportion in standards between the centres would force the department to improve the others in efforts to achieve maximum integration of its integrated provincial programmes.

Dyantyi added that the centres were vital in training and developing health professionals and workers as they provide much needed resources in delivering on their mandates to the communities through:

  • Provision of library services and electronic access to health related information;
  • Fostering undergraduate and postgraduate training of all health professionals in line with departmental needs;
  • Serving as extensions of the teaching platforms in underserviced areas like Lusikisiki;
  • Providing appropriate conferencing facilities of all health related activities;
  • Providing suitable venues and support for computer based communication, learning and capacity building

WSU head, Prof Midgely said the University was honoured to lend its resources and proficiencies to the community and in turn, producing trained medical professionals.

He said the University’s involvement in the programme was testament to the University’s unbending commitment to community engagement and development.

“This partnership creates a reciprocal relationship between the community and WSU; for us to learn as we teach and to teach as we learn, all the while servicing these communities,” said Midgely.

In providing a broader context, Midgely highlighted that the University and the department had entered into an agreement in 2009 that would serve to intensify their cooperation in teaching, training, service and research;  ensuring development of sustainable, equitable, and affordable health services; promoting high quality teaching, training, service and research; and ensuring appropriate utilization of scarce resources.

Dr Dyantyi said after engaging with the community, the department resolved to change the name from the St. Elizabeth Hospital HRC to the Lusikisiki HRC.

She also said the library HRC library would be made accessible to the public.

Image: EC Premier, Phumulo Massualle; MEC for Health, Dr Phumza Dyantyi, and WSU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Rob Midgley.