Ricochet News

State-of-the-Art Health Centre officially opened in Lusikisiki

State-of-the-Art Health Centre officially opened in Lusikisiki

Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, accompanied by Health MEC, Dr Phumza Dyantyi, officially opened the state-of-the-art Health Resource Centre at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Lusikisiki, on Thursday.

“This is a state of the art resource centre which is a collaboration between us as a department of the provincial department and the National Department of Health. It cost us R92 million, it is one of the best because it has high quality services,” Dr Dyantyi told journalists

The facility is furnished with smart technology elements and an e-library, which is open to communities around Lusikisiki. The centre will also serve as a research and learning hub for students in the health fraternity.

This was a collaboration between National and Provincial Departments of Health, as well as the Walter Sisulu University (Health Faculty). This is the fifth resource centre in the Province.

 “We will be communicating with each other; we will be practising what we call telemedicine. If I’m a doctor working here and I have a problem in reading some x-rays I’ll be able to do that via telemedicine and ask the specialist. The fortunate thing is that we are going to be receiving three specialists in this hospital very soon,” she said.

Premier Masualle explained the significance of this state-of-the-art facility and the benefits it can have for the future of South African Health services.

“It’s going to help in the training and development of the various skills we need for our health practitioners. Its indeed one of those unique things we’re doing. Partnership with the Academic Institution as well as our Health Department to enhance the provision of better quality of health services for our people,” he told the media.

The staff in the hospital as well as the adjacent clinics will receive continuous training and activities in order to make them better health practitioners and save as many lives as possible.