The need for a tertiary paediatric hospital in South Africa is greater than ever and can no longer be ignored, stated Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust at the announcement that Engen Petroleum is contributing R4 million towards the building of a new facility that will carry Madiba’s name.
“Africa carries a disproportionately high paediatric disease burden. Unfortunately, this has not been met with an increase in paediatric health care capacity. The continent continues to lag behind the rest of the world when it comes to taking care of our children. The need for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital and the level of care it will provide is now even greater,” said Mkhabela.
She added that while progress is being made in children’s healthcare, it was not happening quickly enough. “Thousands of children die unnecessarily every day in Africa. With the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital we have the opportunity to start addressing these issues and to contribute meaningfully to paediatric care in Africa.”
Making the announcement at a function in Johannesburg, the Managing Director and CEO of Engen, Datuk Nizam Salleh, said that the African energy company was humbled to contribute towards the building of the specialist paediatric facility, which, once completed, will be one of only five dedicated children’s hospitals on the continent.