Mpumalanga Health Department partners with Wits university at the newly opened oncology unit at the Rob Ferreira Hospital in Mbombela.
The unit currently boasts 6 beds for its patients and has already begun the much needed treatment of cancer patients.
This will halt the suffering of cancer patients who were previously forced to travel to Gauteng province to seek treatment because the province did not provide such services.
Health MEC, Sasekani Manzini said they are excited to launch a new first ever oncology unit in the province and that it will assist many patients.
“We are excited to launch this unit. We have already started rendering services to our patients. We know that there will be more challenges however, from time to time, we are going to assess where are the gaps, because you must understand that when you are starting a new service, there will be some gaps and challenges”
Nokwande Zuma, A medical doctor from the Wits said there was a need for the university to provide its services to the hospital.
Mpumalanga currently does not have oncologists hence the partnership with Wits University
“The university combined with Rob Ferreira Hospital have identified a need to offer oncology services. We have started now rendering these services,” said Zuma.
Cancer patients will now have access to services such as chemotherapy, closer to home.
Sibongile Hlophi (31), was the first to receive treatment at the new Rob Ferreira’s first oncology unit.
“I don’t have to travel long distances and being one of the first is the best. I feel very comfortable,” said Hlophi.