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Western Cape medical centre goes digital upon receipt of a multimedia centre

MTN SA Foundation’s GM Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi and Minister Nomafrench Mbombo unveil the plague commemorating the handover of the multimedia centre. MTN SA Foundation’s GM Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi and Minister Nomafrench Mbombo unveil the plague commemorating the handover of the multimedia centre.

The Western Cape Emergency Care College Tygerberg Hospital Campus is the first healthcare facility to receive a state-of-the-art multimedia centre in the Western Cape. The provision of the 40 seater state-of-the-art multimedia centre marks an important milestone for the facility as it will extend the reach of the facility to all the corners of the Western Cape.

The multimedia centre consists of 41 workstations, two projectors, an air-conditioner, security systems, two interactive whiteboards, two servers, a modem that supports Wi-Fi connectivity as well as two year’s worth of free connectivity. The equipment will be accessible to students and health care professionals in the province.

The handover of the multimedia centre is a result of a partnership between MTN SA Foundation and the Provincial Department of Health in the Western Cape.

Says MEC for Health in the Western Cape, Nomafrench Mbombo, “Public private partnerships present exciting opportunities for enhancing service delivery to our people. We are delighted by the MTN SA Foundation’s contribution towards the provision of quality health care in the province. Through partnerships such as this, we are able to address specific cost and investment challenges, deliver improvements in efficiency, enhance service quality and increase the wellbeing of people in the Western Cape,” in her address to the EMS students and professionals during the handover.                     

Shameem de Vries, Head of Emergency Services (EMS), said the multimedia centre will help the facilty to extend its footprint across the province.

 “The expansive geographic footprint that we are required to cover makes our jobs a challenge. The technology and infrastructure that has been donated will go a long way in ensuring that we extend quality and reliable healthcare services to every resident of the province and our skills and knowledge base is captured and updated on an ongoing basis.” 

Kuben Moodley, Principal of the College for Emergence Care College, says the provisioned content for grade 10-12 will form a much-neeed bridging course for students who until recently didn’t require a matric certificate to enrol in the college.

“The graphic nature of content will help the learners to get up to speed in Life Sciences, Maths and Physics. Abstract knowledge has become visible and graphic without the need of a cadaver. This will go a long way to helping learners understand the human body and how it reacts to disease and injury,” concurred de Vries.

Says Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi, General Manager of MTN SA Foundation, “MTN is pleased to partner and support government’s goals of facilitating universal access to primary healthcare. As a caring and responsible corporate citizen, MTN is pleased that it has been given the opportunity to help to capacitate our healthcare system through deploying the power of connectivity and ensuring that healthcare professionals are equipped with computer skills which are a prerequisite in today’s digital age. The handover forms part of MTN’s ongoing endeavours to make a positive difference in the lives of the communities we operate in.” 

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