Today, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust (NMCHT) hosted Dawn Thandeka King, Leleti Khumalo, Nay Maps, Kay Sibiya, Ntokozo Dlamini, Khaya Dladla and Sihle Ndaba at the building site of Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. The members South Africa’s most watched telenovela, Uzalo toured the almost complete specialist paediatric hospital.
“We are very excited to have the support of some of Mzansi’s leading actresses and actors to raise awareness of the project and encourage South Africans to continue to donate to the state-of-the-art 200 bed, child-centred facility,” said Vuyo Lutseke, Media and Communications Officer
The cast were shown eight major and two minor operating theatres, ICU wards with over 45 ICU beds – more than the whole of Gauteng combined – smaller wards with parental bedside facilities, and bathrooms designed for children, as well as many other specialist facilities.
The hospital has a holistic approach to healing, providing an environment where parents as well as the children are nurtured. NMCH aims to be a truly family-centred facility that incorporates the child’s healing needs, the comfort of parents and caregivers, and the best services that doctors and nurses have to offer, in a state of the art medical facility.
Ms Lutseke added, “This will be a healing environment that focuses on mind, body and spiritual; holistic care has been infused into the architecture, the design, construction, landscaping, decoration, rehabilitation, play areas and even support services.”
The hospital still needs to raise R200 million to reach its R1 billion target. “We encourage all South African’s to really be part of this life changing project and donate their R20 via SMS – SMS ‘Gift’ to 40301 (Terms, conditions and admin costs apply). This is for the future of our children and is important for our country.” said Dawn Thandeka King.