The Gauteng Department has reached a major milestone after the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital conducted their hundredth cochlear implant operation in 11 years.
This comes after the hospital gave a lifeline to Tshepang Mogorosi, a three-year-old girl from Snake Park in Soweto, who lost her hearing after birth, following being diagnosed with meningitis.
“The cochlear implant is a device that is surgically implanted into the inner ear and is able to bypass the damaged hearing pathway in deaf individuals. This implantable hearing aid bypasses a malfunctioning cochlea and provides auditory information to the brain by directly stimulating the auditory nerves.
“The programme has allowed 99 recipients to hear soft speech, environmental sounds, and language. It has also granted children beneficiaries educational access while improving employment possibilities for adults,” said the department.
The surgery is one of a kind and Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital is one of the only government hospitals who provide this kind of surgery. Similar patients from across the country are also sent to the hospital for various state-of-the-art health facilities.
These are part of government’s efforts to win back public confidence in the Gauteng’s healthcare system.
In his fourth State of the Province Address (SoPA), Premier Makhura said that the Gauteng Department of Health will be working around the clock to provide quality healthcare.
“We can’t afford platitudes and claim that the system is working when it has failed the most vulnerable members of our society.
“I have directed MEC Gwen Ramokgopa to put in place priorities on how we are going to inspire our men and women in our public health system to rise to occasion and provide quality healthcare,” said Premier Makhura.
In addition, a report released by the National Department of Health’s Clinic Monitoring System has found that from the year 2015 to 2018, the Gauteng province has achieved the highest percentage of Ideal Clinics.
The report stated that a total of 281 (75 per cent) Ideal Clinics have been achieved and Gauteng has surpassed the target of 240 out of 372 facilities. The Ekurhuleni District is reported to have the highest number of facilities with Ideal status at 88.2 per cent, followed by Tshwane 86.3 per cent, Sedibeng 74.4 per cent, Johannesburg 72.6 per cent and West Rand 45.8 per cent.
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