Date: 15 April 2010
Medscheme extended its support to the school by partnering with BBR Designs to revamp a space for the physical development of schoolchildren through play. Mr. Andre Meyer, the CEO at Medscheme pointed that Medscheme team owned the gap of fulfilling children’s dream of being in a “normal” environment where they can have fun as kids, and this is an extension of a project adopted by Medscheme in 2008.
MEC for Health & Social Development, Qedani Mahlangu thanked the company for its commitment to serve, care and belong. Such partnerships were important in realizing objectives of government in promoting healthy lifestyles and extending the life expectancy for South Africans and is pleased that this is the first ever of such facility in the Province of Gauteng.
Dr. Anna Mokgokong, the Chairperson of Medscheme thanked everyone involved in the development of the playground. She pointed out that the success of corporate will be measured by what it ploughs back into the community – by doing national service in a constructive way.
The beneficiaries, the children couldn’t hold back the excitement as they started kicking the ball around with the Zakumi, the mascot of 2010 World Cup. Ms. Van Biljon, the Principal of the school said the environment where children find themselves in allows one foot in education, the other foot on health and Medschme was holding the crutch to help them provide quality care and education to children who spend most of their time in hospital due to different illnesses and was proud that this was the ‘first’ in the country.
Date: 14 April 2010
Dr. Nosworthy welcomed all to the opening of a renovated adult Oncology ward. Prof. Paul Ruff, Head of Medical Oncology thanked Roche and A3 architects for their support in developing the facility to ensure that cancer patients receiving treatment are comfortable and the team continue providing quality care to in and outpatients receiving treatment at the unit. The isolation wards had been increased from 4 to 7 and this would increase the number of patients who could be assisted at one time.
Sr. Mabaso, the operation manager said this was like moving from “Alex” to Sandton and thanked the team for their support and co-operation during the renovation period.
Mr. Tchoumi, General Manager at Roche said he felt emotional when he first witnessed the environment in which staff and patients operated. He approached A3 architects who agreed to do the project at cost for the benefit of the community. Roche was committed to partner with the public sector to ensure that small changes make a difference in proving health care for people who rely on the public sector, more than 90% patients are seen in public sector institutions. On average this unit sees 600 cancer patients per week.
In a report by Prof. Paul Ruff, Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee it points that cancer is regarded as one of the major killers throughout the developed and developing world, including South Africa. The report shows that South African males have a lifetime risk of 1 in 6 developing cancer and South African females have a lifetime risk of 1 in 8 of developing cancer.
Date: 13 April 2010
Wimpy Charitable Trust represented by Ms. Vhongi Chinkanda handed a cheque to the value of R120 000.00 for the purchase of a paediatric haemodialysis machine. She pointed out that the Trust has been involved with charitable work for the past 11 years and this was their gesture of giving back to community and improving the quality of children’s life and hope to sustain the relationship with the public sector. This is a machine that provides dialysis to children with chronic renal failure who face a bleak future without the dialysis. The machine removes toxins from the blood and acts as an artificial kidney whilst awaiting a donor.
Prof. Ballot, Chairperson of the Wits Paediatric Trust has partnered with Wimpy Charitable Trust to raise funds for Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic, Chris Hani- Baragwanath and Rahima Moosa Hospitals to improve the quality of life of children with renal failure. She thanked Wimpy Charitable Trust as this would help children who have to be dialysed three times a week without which the children wouldn’t survive.
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