Major boost for Khayelitsha hospital

Craig Braaf, Ian De Vega, Zolile Feni, Doctor Anwar Kharwa, Kalid Abdulla and HSTs Gerrit Henning at the cheque handover.

The Khayelitsha District Hospital received a much-needed boost to its primary health care services thanks to members of the African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI) and Health System Technology (HST).

On Thursday May 25, the companies handed over a cheque for R100 000 to the hospital.

The hospital’s chief executive officer, Doctor Anwar Kharwa, and the chairman of the board, Zolile Feni, accepted the donation. The money would be used for different programmes.

Kalid Abdulla, AEEI’s chief executive officer, said they hoped the funds would go a long way to helping the hospital. “I hope this money will provide hope not only to the staff, but to the patients. We do this because we care about patients. We put a challenge to other corporates to plough back. If we can do it, other companies can do it,” he said.

Mr Adbulla said the idea to give funds to hospitals and clinics started 14 years ago, initially through a fundraising golf day.

“The aim was to make patients happy. Our focus was on hospitals and clinics. Our belief was in ploughing back to the communities. Remember, the businesses we run are supported by the same people,” he said.

Mr Kharwa said the funds would be used to fund the hospital’s programmes and planned expansion “We are in the process of upgrading our facilities and infrastructure. As we are expanding we also have new programmes. It is indeed good news to receive this money. It is good news to the community of Khayelitsha,” he said.

He said soon the hospital would open a C Scan unit and that would add 13 more beds to the facility.

The board’s chairperson Mr Feni said the donation will be distributed to the needs of the hospital.

He said the hospital is forging ahead towards improvement.

“We are delighted that the two companies have extended generosity to the plight of the hospital. This will contribute immensely to the wellbeing of the community,” he said.

He said they want to ensure that the facility was a centre of excellence where quality service was provided.