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Double the joy for mothers who birthed babies on Mother’s Day

Gopolang Leepile

Mothers who delivered babies on Mother’s Day not only welcomed their new-borns with joy but also received gifts from the Gauteng Provincial Government.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura together with MEC for Health, Gwen Ramokgopa showered mothers of new-born babies admitted to the maternity ward at the Tshwane District Hospital with gifts in celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday, 13 May 2018.

The Premier and the MEC made the gesture in a bid to educate mothers about infant care and the importance of good nutrition and immunisation. They were also at the hospital to monitor service delivery.

Premier Makhura said that the provincial government saw it necessary to show appreciation to the mothers as well as reassure them that the province will continue to provide some of the best state-of-the-art health facilities.

“This is one of the best district hospitals we have in the province and it has been confirmed by the mothers that they have received the best service during their stay at this facility,” said Premier Makhura.

One of the first time mothers, Nandi Manquzu, who said the service she received at the hospital was good said that she was tired but excited for her new born baby and gifts.

“It was a real surprise receiving a gift from both Premier Makhura and MEC Ramokgopa. I didn’t expect it at all,” said Manquzu.

MEC Ramokgopa said that the department is taking various initiatives to improves health standards at public facilities to rival the private sector.

“We are committed to instituting the ideal hospital monitoring system for our health facilities to comply with the ideal standards.

“We have just come out of the maternal and neonatal summit to come up with measures to improve primary healthcare and have also introduced limited ultra sound programmes for midwives to early detect pregnancy and complications,” said MEC Ramokgopa.

In addition, Premier Makhura highlighted that there are still some cracks in some provincial health facilities where citizens are getting sub-standard services. However, government has been encouraging public servants to uphold the Batho Pele principles and remain dedicated and selfless when serving citizens at public facilities.