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Mitchells Plain Hospital to sterilise 67 women for #Mandela100

Written by: Lengwadishang Ramphele

The Mitchell's Plain Hospital will be performing 67 sterilisations on Saturday 21st July 2018, as part of their Nelson Mandela Day drive.

The hospital can only attend to three sterilisations per week, and have been booked up until 2020 for appointments. But some of these women fall pregnant even before they reach their appointments.

Dr Tracey Henkel and colleagues have managed to rally the assistance of colleagues from various hospitals and the private sector to assist them with 67 sterilisations.

Read: WC Health Dept to perform 100 extra operations for #Mandela100

We, unfortunately, have one theatre that we are competing with all our emergency cases as well and we just don't have theatre space to do more than three a week at the moment.

Dr Tracet Henkel, Head of obstetrics and gynaecology

To see this initiative through, Henkel says they have recruited 50 volunteers from gynaecologists and nursing staff who will be giving 10 hours of their time to perform these procedures.

I really would like to applaud everyone who will be playing part in this, thank you so much.

Dr Tracet Henkel, Head of obstetrics and gynaecology

Henkel says they have called up 67 patients who have been on the waiting list but only 50 patients were confirmed. Some patients did not qualify due to certain medical conditions, says Henkel.

To hear the rest of the conversation with Dr Tracey Henkel, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Mitchells Plain Hospital to sterilise 67 women for #Mandela100




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