Published on: 17 July 2023 Category: Media Statement

The North West MEC for Health Madoda Sambatha has congratulated the Job Shimankana Tabane (JST) Hospital in the Bojanala District for the successful appointment of seventeen (17) specialists which is in line with the hospital management’s strategy to strengthen its medical team across various specialties. The specialists will serve the following units: • Anaesthesiology. • Dermatology. • Ear, nose and throat. • Internal Medicine. • Orthopaedics. • Oncology. • Ophthalmology. • Paediatrics. • Psychiatry. • Surgery. • Urology. • Radiology. These appointments include that of a paediatric cardiologist Dr Precious Msiza, making JST the only public hospital in the North West province to acquire paediatric cardiology services. A Paediatric Cardiologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cardiac related conditions in children.

Dr Msiza was part of a team of cardiac surgeons that made history in the North West Province on 27 June 2023 by conducting the very first Percutaneous Aseptal heart Defect (ASD) repair at the Job Shimankana Tabane hospital. Making the announcement, MEC Sambatha hailed the appointments as a significant milestone in improving the quality of healthcare services and increasing the life expectancy for residents of Bojanala. “The acquisition of a paediatric cardiologist will greatly benefit the Province as historically, we had to send children to neighbouring provinces for cardiac interventions,” MEC Sambatha pointed out. Other critical milestones at the JST hospital include the establishment of two new departments specialising in an Ear, Nose and Throat as well as Dermatology services. These developments make JST the second public hospital in the province to offer dermatological services together with Klerksdorp/Tshepong Hospital in Dr Kenneth Kaunda District. Both of these two new service offerings will reduce the number of referrals to other facilities.

Enquiries: Tebogo Lekgethwane Department Spokesperson 0674227763

Khuthala Tshangela MLO MEC Support 0664586915

Issued by North West Department of Health -END

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