The Eastern Cape Department of Health launched the refurbished Lilitha Nursing College (Sharley Cribb) in Port Elizabeth today.
The Port Elizabeth college is one of three nursing colleges in the Eastern Cape that would be revealing their new look this week.
The Eastern Cape MEC for Health, Sicelo Gqobana, addressed a crowd of municipal officials, medical professionals, administrators, nurses and community members, detailing the nature of the upgrade to the nursing training college and talking about improvements the department was making to health facilities across the province.
Gqobana said service of communities was central to the Department of Health’s ethos and that none of the departmental officials slept on their mission to turnaround health in the province.
“We improved this building, but not only that, we improved the tools the [students] are going to use to facilitate easy learning. We have come to this campus to hand over the renovated part and we are very excited to offer quality education from the new buildings.”
Gqobana added that the incoming MEC for Health, come May 7, would need to come and see that work he had done and continue with “the unfinished business of making this campus look beautiful and new”.
The refurbishment of the Lilitha College Sharley Cribb (Port Elizabeth) included the campus residence block, boundary wall, hall and link passage to the value of R5.3-million. A total of 45 jobs were created for the duration of the project.
The upgrades also included the refurbishment of existing nursing home which can accommodate 38 students; the refurbishment of the hall can accommodate 300 people; and the refurbishment of the link bridge.
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) was the appointed implementing agent for the project and was appointed by the Department of Health last year.
The CDC said it felt humbled to be part of the process of restoring and refurbishing such a critical medical education facility.
“The college is a new addition to the main campuses which offer the four-year diploma and post-basic programmes and other nursing courses,” said Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC head of marketing and communication.
“The project will be handed over in June just in time for the next student intake – which means students will almost instantly benefit from the upgrade.”
Future work on the buildings would include painting of the entire building. Other Eastern Cape Lilitha Nursing Colleges will also launch their new look facilities this week, include:
- On Thursday, 10 April, at 9am, the opening of the Lilitha Nursing College and launch of the Joe Gqabi Hospital Board Charter takes place at the Empilisweni Hospital in Sterkspruit.
- On Friday, 11 April, at 9am, the opening of the Lilitha Nursing College and launch of the Chris Hani Hospital Board Charter will be held at the Frontier Hospital in Queenstown.
Officials inspected the work done by Coega Development Corporation on upgrading sections of the Lilitha Nursing College in Port Elizabeth. The refurbished areas were launched today.
The MEC added the department was doubling its effort to remove frustrations expressed by medical professionals, including paying what is due to them on time.
“Our hospitals are clean, even if the queues are still there it is very clear that there is an effort to deal with long lists and queues,” Gqobana said. “Only way to do that is to train and employ more doctors and nurses to attend to those people – we are in process of doing this – and today is an example of our commitment.
“It is precisely because of the attitude we have adopted to dealing with the problems faced by health that we are making headway.”
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