Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Western Cape Hospital urged to change name

By Henry Booysen
31 October 2007


The Minister of Health Dr Manto Tshabalala- Msimang has appealed to the Western Cape Health Department to change the name of Hottentots Holland Hospital in Somerset-West.

The changing of the name follows the health minister's response to health issues raised by the community during a event which was arranged by the National Council of Provinces.

The minister says that it is necessary that the provincial Health Department in the Western Cape begin with a process of consulting their local communities to consider the name change.

“I really believe that our institutions need to reflect the values of our democracy and human dignity in both terms of the quality of services they provide as well as their names,” says Minister Tshabalala-Msimang.

The minister has also praised the facilities at the hospital for having a higher tuberculosis cure rate than the national average.

The Hottentots Holland serves as a district level hospital which is also a referral centre for some clinics and health centres in Stellenbosch.

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