A new state-of-the-art public hospital, which according to experts, is of higher quality than some in the private health sector, is set to open its doors to at least 300 patients soon.
The newly built Germiston hospital has cost the taxpayer close to half a billion rands and is equipped with a high-power solar system, modern energy-saving geysers and diesel generators on standby in case of emergency electricity black outs.
It is believed that the new facility will help ease pressure on existing public hospitals in the province. It is one of the mega projects initiated by the Gauteng department of infrastructure, which is responsible for building schools, clinics and hospitals.
Gauteng’s MEC for infrastructure, Bheki Nkosi ,yesterday took the media on a tour of the R489m structure which boasts an in-house Home Affairs office aimed at helping make the registration of birth and death at the hospital easier. Nkosi said the new hospital would start taking in patients before the end of the year but the health department and government were still working on plans on how the old facility opposite the new one would be used.
He said he was convinced that the taxpayers had not been ripped off and “their money had been put to good use”.
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