G F Jooste Receives R2 Million Upgrade for Emergency Unit | Western Cape Government


G F Jooste Receives R2 Million Upgrade for Emergency Unit

11 April 2011

G F Jooste Hospital, has received over R2 million to upgrade its Emergency unit. This donation was facilitated by the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb, a family trust,and funds by the Oasis Crescent Fund Trust.

These investors donate non-permissible income in terms of Shari'ah investment principles to charity via the Oasis Crescent Fund Trust.

"The Oasis Crescent Fund Trust feels fortunate to bring this meaningful relief through the insightful thinking from Tibb, to the communities of Manenberg, Gugulethu, Nyanga and Klipfontein," says Shaheen Ebrahim, Chairman of the Oasis Group and the Oasis Crescent Fund Trust.

"We saw the pressures placed on the existing Emergency Unit was and took the opportunity to assist the Western Cape Department of Health in upgrading and refurbishing the Unit. Through this donation our organization supports the WC Department of Health's mission to provide equitable access to quality health services in partnership; says Professor Rashid Bhikha, Chairperson of the Tibb Foundation.

Minister Theuns Botha, Health Minister for the Western Cape welcomed the generous donation from the Tibb Institute. "The unit is an adult Acute medicine and Emergency Unit, with a team of three doctors and 10 nurses. It has a four-bed resuscitation area with ventilator support. The new improvement will also create a dedicated gynecology area for the improvement of women's health. Thank you to the Tibb Foundation in making this much needed upgrade possible, says Minister Theuns Botha.

G F Jooste has one of the highest volume of emergency cases in the Western Cape. The hospital last received infra structural improvement in 1996.

Botha added that the provincial government's investment into capital projects and upgrades are the biggest the Province has ever undertaken at one given time. "The Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain Hospitals that are under construction are milestones in the history of this province. In addition the Department has 30 capital projects under construction, 18 capital projects in planning stage and 13 projects in retention. At present there are 88 in feasibility stage."

The total estimated cost of all capital projects for the next five years exceeds R8 billion. These projects vary in size and extent, the smallest being an ambulance station of R10 million and the largest being the estimated R1 billion restorations and re-development of Valkenberg Hospital..

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