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Deputy President Ramaphosa officially opens revamped Cecilia Makiwane Hospital

By Yolanda Palezweni - Sep 18, 2017
Deputy President Ramaphosa officially opens revamped Cecilia Makiwane Hospital

Showers of blessings poured gracefully on Sunday morning as the Eastern Cape marked yet another milestone in bettering the livelihoods of its people.

Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, hosted by the Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, on Sunday officially opened the renovated and state-of-the-art Cecilia Makiwane Hospital and unveiled a statue of the late Cecilia Makiwane, whom it is named after, during an event held in Mdantsane, East London.

The 530 bed-capacity hospital provides health services to a population of about 2.8 million people, also offers the biggest bulk of specialist services in the central region.

The Cecilia Makiwane Hospital also supports Frere hospital, services the Amathole District, Buffalo City Metro and parts of Chris Hani health districts.

Ramaphosa said that the new Cecilia Makiwane Hospital is a national asset that should be treasured.

“People of Eastern Cape, especially in Mdantsane, are enormously fortunate to have the best hospital in South Africa and on the continent as a whole,” he said.

Ramaphosa added that the government has dedicated September month to celebrate liberation heritage.

“As we travel and pause in the liberation heritage route throughout the country we come across the pioneer among pioneers in nursing, Cecile Makiwane, after whom this hospital was fittingly named,” he described.

He added that, not only was she an outstanding daughter of this province and the first black woman to be registered as a professional nurse in January 1908, Makiwane also put herself at the forefront of the first women anti-pass campaign in 1912 in the Free State.

Ramaphosa also said that government is rolling out an inclusive National Healthcare Insurance (NHI) to ensure quality, safety and efficient health provisions for all the citizens in the country.

“We are on an unstoppable journey to implement our NHI, with this type of facility having been put up we cannot be stopped, we have taken the right way to ensure that no South African is not excluded  from accessing dignified quality healthcare,” concluded Ramaphosa.